Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari says the Federal Government is ready to assist Sokoto State in rebuilding the Central market that was razed by fire last week.
Gambari said this when he led a Federal Government delegation to condole the people and government of the state on Monday.
He described the incident as unfortunate and regrettable, revealing that the president felt bad over the incident because, according to him, it will not only affect the traders but also the economy of the state.
Prof. Gambari said, “Mr President sent us here on solidarity with the state and to console the people of the state over the unfortunate fire incident. He directed us to offer his condolence on behalf of the Federal Government and to assure you of the government’s support to the state in the rebuilding process of the market.”
Governor Aminu Tambuwal responded by expressing his appreciation to the delegation and commended Buhari for his support to the state at this difficult time.
“The President had earlier released a statement through the Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, consoling the traders and people of the state over the incidence.
“We thank him for this love and care, which is what is expected of a leader like him.
“The market has about 14,000 shops originally and in addition to the makeshift of 2,000, makes it about 16,000 shops. Over sixty percent of the shops was affected by the inferno, to tell you the extent of the damage suffered in the market,” Tambuwal said.
Former governor of Sokoto State, Aliyu Wammako, Minister for Communications, Ali Pantami, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster, Sadiya Faruk and Minister for Police Affairs, Maigari Dingyadi were among those who accompanied the Chief of Staff to Sokoto.