Former Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa, has donated the sum of N30 million cash to traders whose goods were destroyed in last Sunday’s fire disaster at the Sokoto Old Market.
The late night inferno, which lasted for about three hours before it was eventually put out by men of the fire service, traders and good samaritans, gutted most parts of the market, famous for sale of clothing materials, foot wears, jewelries and exchange of foreign currencies.
It was gathered that Governor Aminu Tambuwal had raced to the scene of the incident to join in the efforts to put out the fire. The governor expressed deep sympathy with the traders and promised government’s assistance.
Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa had pledged to give N30 million to those affected by the tragedy and in fulfillment of that pledge, the ex-governor and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, chieftain, yesterday disbursed the money cash to traders at the market.
The Sokoto PDP Chairman, Alhaji Ibrahim Milgoma, disbursed the cash on behalf of the former governor to the affected traders.
Meanwhile, the State Government have made available a N4 billion loan for its medium and large-scale farmers for the growth and development of agriculture in the state.
The state Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Alhaji Nagwari Tambuwal, disclosed this on Wednesday in the capital stating that the loan which was accessed from Zenith Bank, would specifically go to rural farmers to enable them to purchase basic farming inputs for the cultivation of crops for domestic consumption and export.
He further explained that the government would try all within its capacity to modernize farming in the state by providing state-of-the-art equipment.
The commissioner also added that a committee had already been set up to ensure that only genuine farmers benefited from the loan.