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Kebbi donates N20m to fire victims

Kebbi State Governor, Dr Nasir Idris, on Thursday, donated N20 million to traders affected by fire outbreak at Argungu in Argungu Local Government Area of the state.

Recall that a fire outbreak had recently engulfed Argungu market where a number of shop owners lost millions of Naira to the inferno.

Distributing the money cash to the affected traders at the Emir of Argungu’s palace in Argungu, the governor, represented by his Deputy, Sen. Umar Abubakar-Tafida, said the money was not meant to settle the losses incurred by the traders but to cushion the effect of the ugly incident.

Abubakar-Tafida assured that a standing committee was set up to ensure equitable distribution of the money, adding that all affected persons would be treated fairly.

The Deputy Governor advised the beneficiaries to ensure that the money received was put to good use to improve their respective businesses.

In his speech, the Emir of Argungu, Alhaji Muhammad Sama’ila-Mera appreciated the state government for what he described as a holistic approach and prompt response to the plight of common people.

The Monarch, who was represented by the Gurduden Kabi, Alhaji Ibrahim Kuldo, lauded the deputy governor for visiting the scene of the fire outbreak immediately when the incident happened, saying that it was a sign of good leadership.

The Chairman of Kebbi State Emergency Management Agency, Bello Yakubu-Rilisco said the Idris administration remained a government that brings succour to its people.

“Whenever and wherever something happened, be it fire, flood, windstorm, displacement among others, His Excellency ensures that government reaches out to the affected people to cushion the effect of that disaster.

“Therefore what we are witnessing today is just one out of many other efforts of our amiable Governor.

“Let me use this medium to appeal to the beneficiaries of today’s gesture to make judicious use of the money to improve their livelihood,” Yakubu-Rilisco advised.

Responding on behalf of his members, the Chairman of Argungu Traders’ Association, Alhaji Labbon Fakon-Sarki thanked the state government for the gesture and assured that the beneficiaries would put the money to good use.

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