CYNTHIA CHIDINMA IGBOKWE writes that against the initial planned documentation of victims of Onitsha tanker fire incident at Awka, it will now hold in their shops at the Ochanja Central Market.
A statement signed by the Deputy Chief Press Secretary to the state, Governor, Mr. Emeka Ozumba, said the public and all concerned persons are been notified that the exercise had been rescheduled and the committee will visit the market and interface directly with all affected persons, to identify actual victims .
A new date for the visit will be announced, even as government has set up a ten man committee consisting of five members of the state executive council and five members of the Ochanja central market executives.
Governor Willie Obiano said the state government is deeply saddened by the fire disaster, loss of lives and property. The state government has donated a fire engine at the market, and has ordered the creation and repair of access roads in the market.
Anambra State Government has set up a Support fund for Onitsha Fire accident Victims, where concerned Anambra people and other good Nigerians can contribute to the cushioning of the effect of losses sustained by the traders. The account is known as the Anambra State Victims Support Account, number 5-0-3-0-1-0-5-0-2-9, Fidelity Bank PLC.
According to a government statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr C. Don Adinuba, the fund is to be administered by the distinguished sons and daughters of Anambra state who serve as trustees of the Anambra State Security Trust Fund, and led by Chief Chidi Anyaegbu, Chairman of Chisco Group.
Meanwhile, Diocese on the Niger, Anglican Communion, has passionately appealed to the victims of the Upper-Iweka – Ochanja fire to accept the disaster as an act of God and not to see it as the end of their lives.
Consoling the affected traders when the priests of the diocese visited the scenes of the fire, the Bishop on the Niger, the Rt Rev Dr Owen Nwokolo, assured the traders that God is not ignorant of the present situation.
The bishop who was represented by a senior priest of the diocese, Vev. Obi Ubaka said that God always uses what people have to try them. He therefore enjoined them not to allow Satan to tempt them to commit suicide as result of the calamity. Ven Josiah Offoegbu spoke as well at the event, attended by over 200 priests of the diocese were at the visit.