Governor Babagana Umara Zulum Monday in Maiduguri hosted hundreds of victims the fire inferno at Borno Monday Market.
Most of those hosted are traders at the Monday Market whose shops and goods worth billions of naira, were razed by an inferno that engulfed the market Sunday.
Zulum presented a cheque of one billion naira for onward disbursement as emergency palliative to the victims, pending the outcome of an assessment committee.
The governor had, during a statewide broadcast Sunday, announced a palliative of N1 billion which came after he visited the scene and mobilised armed forces to secure the market.
The Maiduguri Monday Market, said to be the largest in the North-east, was completely burnt by fire that lasted for some hours. The fire began between 1am and 2am from yet to be ascertained cause(s).
Zulum received the victims at the premises of Borno state Government House in Maiduguri.
“Once again, I sympathise with you over the unfortunate fire disaster that razed the entire Maiduguri Monday Market. Many of you have lost your lifetime savings. I urge you to take this as a trial from the Almighty Allah. As your governor, I will work with other stakeholders to do everything we can to provide the needed support to all victims. I have the assurances of President Muhammadu Buhari that the federal government will complement the effort of the state government,” Governor Zulum stated.