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Calabar traders count losses from fire incident

09 February 2015, 15:11

Calabar - Dealers in motor spare parts in Calabar, are counting their losses from the fire incident in Bedwell Market, Calabar, which destroyed goods worth over N200 million.

The traders described the incident as a set-back to their business.

Anthony Umeojiaku, Chairman, Motor Spare Parts Dealers Association in Calabar, said that the fire incident which occurred in Tyre Line section of the market had rendered the victims helpless.

Umeojiaku who put the total value of the loss at N200 million, said that the affected members now depend on contributions from friends and sympathisers.

According to him, as I am speaking to you now, most of the victims feed on contributions from people.

Also read: Fire destroys 50 shops in Lagos

"Moreover, we buy these goods from Lagos on credit and it will now be difficult for us to pay back. I am afraid that most of our members may not continue with this business.

"So I call on all well-meaning Nigerians, organisations and government agencies to come to our aid,'' he said

The chairman also decried the poor security arrangement in the market, and said that the traders had often been robbed without without any security support.

"There is no streetlight here in Bedwell, and as a result, we have decided to set up a vigilante ourselves to secure the area,''
Umeojiaku said.

Another victim, Vincent Okonkwo, said that he was out of town when the fire incident happened.

"I was in company of my friends in my village when I received a call that there was a fire outbreak in Bedwell.

"I left the following day for Calabar, only to find out that the goods in my shop had all being burnt. I cannot describe the pains I am going through now,'' he said.



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