The Edo State Government has inaugurated an 8-man panel of inquiry on the inferno that destroyed goods worth millions of naira at the Auto Spare Parts Market in Uwelu, Egor Local Government Area of the state.
Secretary to the State Government SSG), Osarodion Ogie Esq., inaugurated the committee on Thursday in Government House, Benin City, the state capital.
According to Ogie, the terms of reference of the committee include “to examine the remote and immediate cause of the fire incident at the market and establish the culpability of any person, group, corporation or entity, in bearing responsibility for the incident.”
Others are “to establish the full extent of damage and loss arising from the said incident, and assess the effectiveness or otherwise of the response of the emergency response unit as well as law enforcement agencies to the incident.”
The committee was also tasked “to make recommendations to government on measures to be taken to avoid a repetition of similar tragic incident in future.”
The state government also urged the panel to summon any person or group to offer testimony or documents and visit the site of the incident.