Nigria’s former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, on Monday expressed sadness over the fire incident that gutted the Yola Central Market, in Yola, Adamawa State.
The fire outbreak reportedly started about 2.30am on Monday and destroyed property worth billions of naira.
In a statement released in Abuja through his media office, the Turakin Adamawa said the fire incident was one too many.
He therefore, called on authorities in charge of public places like markets, schools and factories to be extra vigilant at this period of the year.
The All Progressives Congress chieftain said the fire incidents during this period of harmattan could be quite devastating in its impact because of “the prevalence of the dry trade wind” blowing from the North east part of the country.
Atiku stated further that valuable property running into millions of naira and at times human lives, had been lost to devastating fires in many parts of the country of recent.
He also called on the management of the Yola Central Market, other markets and places of business susceptible to fire outbreaks to work out ways and means of reducing fire outbreaks to the barest minimum.
Mr. Atiku also challenged the various fire services in the country to improve on the readiness and preparedness to deal with fire outbreaks in order to reduce losses.