A Nigerian official has issued an alert that the repeated cases of fire outbreaks in markets around the country are source of great concern to government.

Sadiya Umar Farouq, minister in charge of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, in a statement reaching Xinhua on Monday, who was reacting to a recent fire in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial hub, commiserated with victims of Balogun market fire disaster, expressing concern over “market fires” in the country.

Two persons were reportedly killed after some buildings at Balogun market in Lagos were ablaze on Friday.

The minister said she felt saddened by the unfortunate incident of Balogun market fire, describing it as a huge loss to Lagos and the nation as a whole.

She added that the government is working on finding lasting solutions to fires and other disasters in the country.

“We will ensure structures that will mitigate, prevent and ensure that a high level of preparedness are put in place to engender quick and appropriate responses when fires break,” she said.

This will bring to the barest minimum the impact of fire outbreaks, Forouq said.

Nigeria, according to her, has experienced incessant cases of fire outbreaks that have led to huge losses to traders, their families and the economy as a whole. Enditem

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