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Wike donates N500 million to rebuild burnt Sokoto market



Governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike on Wednesday, donated N500 million to support the Sokoto State Government in rebuilding the state’s Central Market ravaged by fire on Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

Muhammad Bello, spokesman to governor Tambuwal made the disclosure in a statement on Wednesday.

Wike who visited the market which went up in flames on Tuesday morning, expressed shock and dismay over the incident.

The Rivers governor said part of the donation was to also support the victims of the inferno.

He noted that whatever affected Sokoto concerned Rivers, adding that his administration would ensure that the affected market was reconstructed and made functional.

Earlier, Tambuwal, while conducting Wike round the fire disaster scene, explained that the market had 16,000 shops out of which at least 60 percent were affected by the fire.

He said when the fire broke out the relevant state government agencies and those of the federal authorities within the state were mobilised to control it.

After inspecting the scene, Mr. Wike and his entourage also paid a courtesy visit to the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar in his palace.

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