NUJ commiserates with Borno govt, victims over Maiduguri market fire
By Njadvara MUSA
The Borno state council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has commiserated with the State government and victims of the Maiduguri Monday Market (MMM) fire disaster that destroyed many goods and market wares.
The Council also condemns attacks on a member and Secretary of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Pauline Vana and her cameraman by hoodlums, while reporting the Sunday fire outbreak.
Sympathising with the victims, yesterday (Monday), in Maiduguri, the NUJ Chairman, Dauda Iliya, disclosed: “The market fire incident led to the destruction of goods and property worth billions of naira,” adding that the lost market wares and property belong to thousands of traders and market women in the Maiduguri metropolis.
Besides, he added that the entire market premises including many shops and stores were razed by the inferno that lasted for over six hours.
He therefore urged the people to take it as an act of God and continue to pray against the recurrence of such disasters.
Commending Governor Babagana Zulum for the N1 billion emergency fund, he said: “I called on the Federal Government, North East Development Commission (NEDC), National and International Relief Agencies and other philanthropists organisations to assist the fire victims.”
According to him, journalists at all times should not be targets of attack as the society needs to be informed on the happenings around them.
He said that the reports of events are to be carried out during emergencies, crises and pandemics that affect people’s living conditions.
This was why, he said: “We commended the swift response of the military by rushing Pauline to a military hospital for medical treatment at the Maimalari Cantonment, Maiduguri.