From Blessing Ibunge, Port Harcourt
Rivers State Government has assured members of the public that the Port Harcourt Shopping Mall popularly called SPAR will resume operations on Thursday (today), adding that the minor fire incident in the facility yesterday has been contained.
The Secretary to the Rivers State Government, Dr Tammy Danagogo gave the assurance Wednesday evening, after inspecting the facility alongside the Management of the Mall.
Danagogo who represented the state Governor, Barr Nyesom Wike said that he was directed by the Governor to conduct on the spot assessment because of the importance of the facility.
He expressed happiness that the management of the mall has been able to contain the fire. He said that those injured in the incident will receive adequate medical treatment.
He asked the management of the Port Harcourt Shopping Mall to meet with the State Government on Thursday at the State Secretariat to further discuss other aspects of the incident and possible areas of intervention by the State Government.
The SSG was accompanied on the inspection visit by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Information, Mr Paulinus Nsirim and the Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Secretary to the State Government, Dr George Nwaeke.
In her remarks, Mrs Chioma Okorie, Manager of Port Harcourt Shopping Mall, said the fire incident broke out in a kitchen of one of the shops in the facility.
She said that the fire fighting equipment and officials of the mall helped in putting out the fire, also assuring that the facility will be opened to the public on Thursday after the smoke would have cleared out.
The Manager disclosed that a few persons were injured as a result of the fire incident.