Gov Umahi Mourns Over Loss Of Kinsmen To Market Collapse

By Celestine Okeh

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State, on Saturday, sympathized with the family of those who lost their lives on the unfortunate incident at Ekeaja market building collapse, in Uburu Community of Ohaozara Local Government Area, where three persons were confirmed dead, while two others sustained varying degrees of injury.

In a statement from the Special Assistant on media and publicity to the Governor, Mr Francis Nwaze, said,
"The Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. David Nweze Umahi, FNSE, FNATE has received with rude shock the disturbing and unfortunate news of the toppling of a part of the roof of one of the shades at the Ekeaja Market, Uburu which resulted in the loss of about three lives while two others were hospitalized. He described the occurrence as catastrophic".

He continued, "Governor Umahi sympathized with the families of the three persons who lost their lives at the popular Ekeaja market square, Uburu, Ohaozara Local Government Area on Friday".

Governor however,  reached out to others who sustained various degrees of injury during the incident.

"We have received the news of the unfortunate incident of the toppling of a part of one of the shades at Ekeaja market and the death of three persons in the incident with rude shock. 

"As mortals, we can not question God but we pray fervently for God Almighty to grant the victims rest in his bosom and comfort their families."

Governor Umahi while appealing to families of the deceased to uphold the outcome as the will of God, prayed for the quick recovery of those who sustained injuries during the collapse.

"We however pray that God Almighty grants the hospitalized survivors quick recovery and reintegration with their families."

Governor Umahi, however, directed the Police and other relevant agencies to immediately launch a full-scale investigation to unearth the immediate and remote causes of the incident.

"I, therefore, implore our Security Agencies to work with the Engineers at the  Ministry of Works and the contractor of the project to immediately mobilize for a thorough investigation into this unfortunate incident to discover the causes of the ugly occurrence as a way of averting reoccurrence."

Recall that windstorm blew off the roof of one of the ultramodern markets in Governor's hometown, Uburu, on Friday,  which resulted to lose of lives and property in the area.

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