The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has confirmed that about 1,200 artisans who specialise in assorted fabric making have been rendered jobless as a result of the fire incident that occurred in the market on Tuesday.
The Agency made this known following a post-disaster loss and needs assessment on the market inferno.
It was further stated that over 1,600 industrial, weaving, and straight sewing machines were lost in the disaster.
While the cause of the fire cannot be confirmed, speculations have it that it was caused by someone trying to fill up a working generator that gutted the fire and could not be controlled.
The Chairman of the Traders, Comrade Godwill Okorie, however, argued that the way the fire erupted and spread to the whole market within minutes makes him dispute the rumour.
Okorie further appealed to loan facilitators to consider the calamities and grant them more loans to enable them to start and redeem all the loans.
The assessment also revealed that about 150 lock-up shops with at least eight registered traders are using each shop.