The Esit Eket Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom, has promised to provide relief materials for victims of the fire incident at Ndon Eyo Uquo community in the area.
The Chairman of the council, Chief Ibanga Etang, made the promise on Tuesday when he visited the community to commiserate with the victims.
“It is rather a pity that at this time when most people are finding it difficult to have a meal, this can happen to somebody. “The local government will see what we can do by way of sending some relief materials to the families to alleviate their immediate sufferings,” he said.
Etang urged the victims to bear the misfortune, promising that the council would also assist in rehabilitating them.
Fire gutted some buildings in the community and destroyed valuables, documents and an undisclosed amount of money, at about 2 am when most families had gone to church for night vigil.
He said that the council would embark on an enlightenment programme to teach the people on measures to take to prevent reoccurrence of fire disaster in future.
Etang added that the council was supporting Akwa Ibom Government’s plan to establish fire stations in all local governments by providing accommodation for the firemen posted to the area.
He said the presence of such personnel would nib in the bud fire incidents in the future.
The head of the community, Chief Okon Ekpo, who spoke on behalf of the victims, appealed to the council to hasten the assistance to cushion the effects of the disaster on the victims.