Fire Guts Part Of Ogbeogonogo Market

By ANDY AKENI/Vincent Anikwushe
Goods and property worth millions of naira were at the wee hours of yesterday, destroyed by fire at a section of the old Ogbeogonogo market in Asaba, the Delta State Capital.
Addressing some market officials shortly after inspecting the extent of damage by the inferno at the market, the Commissioner, Bureau for Special Duties, Pastor Powell Ojogho, described the fire outbreak as unfortunate and a colossal loss.
He commended officers of the Delta State Fire Service Command for their quick response that saved other parts of the market from being gutted by the inferno, even as he appealed to the traders to ensure that they have fire extinguishers in their shops to checkmate fire outbreak in the market.
While sympathising with the victims of the fire incident, the commissioner passionately appealed to all Deltans and non Deltans resident in the state to be mindful of fire, especially this harmathan period to avoid fire disasters.
He said that Delta State government would liaise with the Oshimili
South Local Government with a view to finding solution on the way forward for the victims of the fire disaster.
Also speaking, the Chairman, Elders Forum of the Ogbeogonogo Market, Prince Okeibunor Onyemaechi and the Secretary, Market Union, Emmanuel Osondu, while lamenting the fire outbreak, thanked the Commissioner for his timely visit to the market and the State Fire Service Command for their quick intervention, just as they appealed for the support of the State and Oshimili South Local Governments to enable the victims stand on their feet again.
Narrating her ordeal to The POINTER, one of the victims who trades on clothing and other materials Mrs. Prisca Chiemeka, said due to the Xmas and New year celebrations, she stocked her shop with goods worth over N3 million and that she lost everything to the midnight fire that started at about 1.00 am yesterday.
According to her, she stocked her shop with Jewelries, shoes, beads, caps, head ties, mostly foreign ones.
Speaking further, she said in 2011, there was fire in the market, I lost everything; today, another has happened and I lost everything, where I am going to start, she lamented.
While calling on the government to come to their rescue, she suggested better security in the market so that such happenings can be reported on time.
As at the time of filing this report, the cause of the fire incidence was not ascertained but there were speculations that it could be a result of fire works (Banga, knock-outs) thrown into the market by unknown persons.