BAKASSI INFERNO: C’RIVER LAWMAKERS ASK FOR GOVERNMENT’S ASSISTANCE FOR INE-ABASI COMMUNITY

The State Lawmakers have requested for the State Government’s intervention and support for the people of Ine-Abasi, a fishing port in Bakassi Local Government Area, where a recent fire outbreak rendered most of them homeless.

The Lawmakers resolved that, the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) should provide relief materials including building and fishing equipments to assist the victims rebuild their homes and resume their fishing occupation.

The Lawmakers adopted the resolution after debating on a Matter of Urgent Public Interest presented by the Member representing Bakassi State Consistency, Hon. Eyo Bassey Edet.

Hon. Edet lamented the terrible condition faced by the people of Ine-Abasi whom he said, have suffered greatly as a result of the fire outbreak which occurred a few days into the new year.

He informed the House that, though no life was lost, the inferno had engulfed the entire community thereby incapacitating the people and requested for the State Government’s urgent intervention to ameliorate the suffering of the victims.

Contributing to the debate, Members expressed sympathy with the affected community. They lamented the lack of fire stations and vehicles in the rural areas across the State.

The lawmakers further observed that, the inferno has affected the economic activities of the community which is a major fishing community. They stressed the need for urgent intervention so that the victims can resume their businesses.

On his part, the Speaker of the Assembly, Rt. Hon. Elvert Ayambem expressed sadness over the incident stressing that, it has serious consequences on the economy of the victims and the State.

Ayambem further directed the clerk, Mr Dominic Akiba to forward clean copies of the resolution to the State Governor for implementation.

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