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118 Shops Razed By Jos Market Fire

Posted: Nov 26, 2015 at 3:26 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

No fewer than 118 shops at the Kabong market in Jos North have been razed by a Thursday morning fire.

Chairman of the Kabong Market Traders Association, Mr Christopher Jama, who briefed the Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, when he visited the scene, said the actual cause of the fire which started at about 4:00am could not be ascertained.

According to Jama, the fire may have been caused by electrical spark when public power supply was restored at the night.

He said that 118 shops were completely burnt, and that goods destroyed included bags of maize, beans, rice, and poultry products worth millions.

Consequently, he appealed to the governor to come to the aid of the affected traders whose means of livelihood, he said had been destroyed.

Lalong, who expressed deep shock’ at the development, promised to remodel the market and also address the traders plight.

“Government was already working towards remodeling before the inferno,” he said. He however, expressed gratitude to God that no life was lost.

The governor directed the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Commerce to liaise with the market union to get details of the incident.