The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has in a post disaster loss and needs assessment confirmed that over 1,600 industrial, weeping and straight sewing machines were lost in a mid afternoon fire disaster that struck the popular Tejuoso Market in Lagos.
About 1,200 artisans who specialise in assorted fabric making have been rendered jobless.
The fire which cause cannot be confirmed but rumoured to have been caused by someone trying to fill up a working generator which caught fire but not be brought under control.
However, the Chairman of the Traders, Comrade Godwill Okorie contested this saying the way the fire started and spread the whole market within minutes makes him disputes the general rumour.
The Chairman appeals to loan facilitators to kindly consider the calamities and grant them more loans to enable them start off and redeem all the loans.
While consoling the traders, the Director General of NEMA, Alhaji Mustapha Habib Ahmed represented by Ibrahim Farinloye urged them not to see the situation as a temporary set back but as a God trial that would bring greater success.
The assessment revealed that about 150 lock-up shops with at least registered 8 traders are using each shops.