Farmers, traders bemoan losses as fire guts Plateau yam market

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Food items and other valuables worth millions of naira were destroyed by fire at the popular Namu Central Yam Market in the Quaanpan Local government Area of Plateau State on Sunday.

A resident of the community, Alhaji Kabiri Buba, told our correspondent that many farmers and traders were counting their losses as a result of the incident.

He said over 100 farmers were affected by the incident.

One of the traders, who gave her name simply as Jemimah, said she lost over 300 tubers of yam to the inferno.

“I’m devastated. I don’t know what to do right now,” she said amidst sobs.

Another trader, Kabiru Musa, whose yam stand was completely roasted, said he had never experienced such an incident before.

“I just bought my yams and inspected over 200 of them, only to be told that all of them had been destroyed by fire a few hours after,” he lamented.

Kabiru added that the cause of the fire could not be ascertained as of the time of filing this report.

He called on government at all levels to come to the aid of the farmers and traders.

The senator representing Plateau South, Prof. Nora Dadu’ut, on Monday, commiserated with the Long Jan of Namu, Alhaji Safiyanu Allahnana, and the entire community, especially victims of the inferno.

Dadu’ut in a statement made available to newsmen in Jos on Monday that she was saddened by the development.

The statement read in part, “I commiserate with the entire people of Namu over this sad incident. Since I heard of this incident, I have not been my usual self; I feel very sad.

“I pray to God to revive the spirit of those affected by this incident. May God give them the grace to accept the losses and continue the struggle.”

She called on the government and other charitable Nigerians to offer support for the victims to aid their quick recovery from the tragedy.

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