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PRESS STATEMENT STOP MAKING MARKETS YOUR LIVING HOMES, DG FEMA WARNS

2 December 2021

The Federal Capital Territory Emergency Management Agency, FEMA is to collaborate with the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) to checkmate causes of fire outbreaks in the FCT through power surge.

The Director-General of FEMA, Alh, Abbas Idriss disclosed this in a statement in Abuja.

Alhaji Idriss informed that most fire incidents in homes and business places were traceable to power surge.

He also appealed to marketers to desist from converting market spaces into residential apartments.

According to him, market fires in the FCT have led to the loss of lives and destruction of properties worth millions of naira.

“You will find out that the market has become a kind of accommodation for marketers, if they sleep there, they also will cook there, that is why we have explosions in the markets”. He said

The DG appealed to the Abuja Market Management Limited AMML to segment the markets into different sections to ensure that huge losses during fire outbreaks are averted.

“if those people selling electric appliances are separated from the ones selling non-electrical appliances, it will help to reduce the high rate of losses experienced during infernos”. He said

Danson Magaji
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