…the chemical market was temporarily shut to save the health of traders from the chemical effect on the atmosphere
Commercial activities would resume Tuesday at the Onitsha Bridgehead market, Anambra State exactly one week it was shut following chemical explosion that rocked the drug (Ogbogwu) section of the market which claimed no fewer than five lives.
Chairman of the market, Chinedu Ezekwike disclosed this on Monday at the newyam festival celebration of his Public Relations Officer, Comrade Peter Okala at Okasi, Iyiowa Odekpe in Ogbaru Local Government Area of the state.
A two minute silence was observed in honour of those killed by the chemical explosion, as directed by Ezekwike, who managed to be in attendance as he is still mourning the deceased.
Ezekwike said the chemical market was temporarily shut to save the health of traders from the chemical effect on the atmosphere as directed by Commissioner for Health, Afam Obidike after visiting the market to ascertain the extent of destruction.
He said, “I am not suppose to be here because we are still mourning the demise of those killed in our market by the chemical explosion. I managed to be here because the host and celebrant is the PRO of the market and as such I came to show my presence and leave.
“We shut our market last Tuesday because of what happened and also to save the health of traders as concerns the chemical effect on the atmosphere therein.
“We will reopen the market on Tuesday. Recall that the advice to shut the market came from the Commissioner for Health, Hon. Afam Obidike, after his visit to ascertain the extent of destruction by the chemical explosion.”
Celebrant and PRO of the market, Okala, urged victims of the explosion to take heart, just as he prayed for the repose of the souls of the deceased.
He bemoaned the heavy impact of the rampaging flood at his house, urging lawmakers present at the ocasion and good spirited individuals and groups to come to the residents’ rescue, with a view to finding lasting solution to the deluge.
Among the dignatories at the ocasion included, member representing Ogbaru Federal constituency, Hon. Chuma Onyema, Anambra Drivers Welfare Association chairman, comrade Adindu Okpala, chairman of the landlords’ Association of Okasi, Fredrick Muogozie and chairman of the occasion, Chief Bonaventure Ucheagwu.