The National Association of Nigerian Traders (NANTS) has sympathized with automobile spare parts dealers in Ogbaete Market, Enugu State and their Ladipo Market, Lagos State counterparts over huge losses they suffered following fire incidents in the two markets at the weekend.
The National President of the association, Barrister Ken Ukaoha, in a statement issued on Sunday expressed shock over the unfortunate incidents, particularly given the socio-economic losses several traders suffered.
The NANTS President stated: “NANTS is overwhelmed with these tragedies. We deeply sympathize with all our members in these markets who are the victims of the fire incidents. While we are praying for God’s divine intervention, we are urging the Governments of Enugu and Lagos States to promptly deploy resources to assist the affected traders while also finding ways to reconstruct the burnt markets.
“We also call on the Federal Government to come to the aid of these traders who are currently nursing the wounds inflicted by Covid-19, and many of who are yet to see any means of assistance, including the Covid paliatives. Government cannot allow her citizens, especially the vulnerable constituencies to remain under such double affliction capable of promoting crimes and criminality in the nation.
“It is indeed time for the Ministry and Agencies in charge of disaster management to step in immediately to do the needful and rescue our economy. While such necessary intervention is coming, we also expect that investigation to unravel the causes should be conducted.
“We call on all our members to remain calm while we seek ways to invite Government’s urgent attention to these unbearable disasters”, Ukaoha appealed.