The Benin monarch, Oba Ewuare II has condoled with traders at Oba market who lost their stock in the fire disaster that occurred at the early hours of Monday.
Chief Eduwu Ekhator, the Obasogie of Benin who led palace functionaries during a visit to the market, delivered the message from the monarch to representatives of Oba market Leader, Madam Yemisi Omoregie and Edo State market Women Leader, Mrs Blacky Ogiamien.
In a Press release signed by Mr Victor Ogiemwanre, Acting Chief Press Secretary to the Oba of Benin monarch on Wednesday, said Oba Ewuare II, was “full of appreciation for the prompt action of the Governor of Edo State and for his promise to build the market and assist the traders” who lost their stock in the midnight inferno that lasted for several hours, as reassuring.
The traditional ruler, prayed God and the ancestors to comfort and provide for the traders whose lost their livelihoods in the disaster.
He thanked God that no live was lost in the inferno which affected a large portion of the market, shops and buildings
The Secretary to the Benin Traditional Council (BTC) and a member of the delegation, Mr Frank Irabor, informed the traders that the Oba of Benin “is grateful to President Muhammadu Buhari for directing the relevant agencies to assist the victims of the fire incident” via a statement by his Presidential aide on Monday.
Addressing the representatives of Oba Ewuare II, the Oba market Women’s Leader, Mrs Yemisi Omoregie briefed the delegation about the extent of the damage caused by the fire.
On her part, Edo State market Women Leader, Mrs Blacky Ogiamien, stated that the traders that were affected by the inferno are those who deal on Livestock, Textile, Cosmetics, Boutique and jewelry among others.