Karu inferno:Senate calls for palliative for victims

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The Senate has called on relevant government agencies to provide palliative for victims of fire incident at Karu market in the Federal Capital Territory(Abuja).

This followed a Point of Order by Sen. Ireti Kingibe at plenary on Thursday.

The senate further called on the Federal Capital Territory Authority (FCTA) and Abuja Municipal Area Council(AMAC), to offer the market after rebuilding, to the original owners at subsidised rate, while maintaining it as a community market.

It also called on the relevant authorities to ensure adequate safety rules while reconstructing the market.

It equally called on the need for relevant authorities to ensure that fire service was readily available within the market to forestall future occurrence.

The Upper Chamber also mandated its committees on FCT and Legislative Compliance to ensure strict compliance with all the prayers.

Kingibe, while presenting the motion, came under Order 41 and 51.

She said the fire outbreak led to the destruction of properties.

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While citing incidences of fire outbreaks in other parts of the country, the lawmaker said the Karu fire outbreak was “one too many.”

She said there was a need for palliative measures to cushion effect of the loss suffered by victims of the inferno.

The President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, in his remarks, urged relevant senate committees to see to the compliance of the prayers.

QuestNews reports that part of Karu main market was on May 27, affected by fire incident, which led to the loss of valuables.

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