By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
In its bid at ensuring zero fire incident in Kaduna markets, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) North West Zone has stormed a popular Kaduna market, Kasuwan Barchi in Tudun Wada to sensitize traders on how to prevent fire on Saturday January 25, 2020
North West Zonal Coordinator NEMA, Ishaya Isa Chinoko told the traders that in the harmattan season, fire incidents occur more.
He advised them to always keep the roads clear of goods, to enable easy access to drive through by fire truck in case of emergencies.
In an interview with newsmen, the Zonal Coordinator said that with the recent spate of fire, they saw the need to use NYSC Emergency NEMA Vanguard to enlighten the public.
“Of recent, lots of fire happened in Kaduna, even in Sabon Tasha. We are here to sensitize the market.
“Fire is a good friend of human but if misused will lead to devastating consequences.
“This is one of the most patronised markets in Kaduna and instead of putting their goods inside, they are using it to block the road, which will make it difficult for fire trucks or other emergency situations to receive prompt attention,” he said.
Chinoko explained that we are in the dry season now, and the mission at the market is to sensitize people on how to handle fire.
“Last year we had several fire in market at Panteka building materials section.
“It is our carelessness and attitude to fire that makes it uncontrolled.
We are starting the sensitization from Kaduna, it will continue all over the country,” he assured.
President of NEMA NYSC CDS Club Kaduna North LGA, Kudu Bashir Mohammed said that the season of harmattan needs more sensitization on safety tips on fire incidents.
“We are here to carry out sensization to traders. We are in dry season and one of the things that happens is fire outbreak which leads to loss of lives and property.
“As a business person, off your electrical appliances before you leave shop at closing hour.
“We are not praying for it, but if fire outbreak comes up, it is good to have knowledge of measures to take. For instance if you have detergent and water, you can use as a measure.
“We are also sensitizing them on how to tackle fire outbreak at homes like gas apart from electrical appliances,” he said.
Responding, Malam Yahaya Alhassan, Chairman of Tailors in the market, thanked NEMA for the gesture, describing it as a welcome development.
He assured that all the traders would be educated on the need to keep the roads at the market clear, as well as safety tips on fire prevention handed out to them.