Developing: Fire engulfs Fisheries Ministry offices

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EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: A building that houses the office of the Minister of Fisheries and Waters Resources other senior officials of the ministry, along the Marina Parade road in Banjul was Monday morning overwhelmingly burnt by fire.

The entire building was engulfed before fire fighters could arrive at the scene. The incident was shared by a passer-by on a whatsapp status immediately when the fire emanated but it caught virtually the entire building before rescue efforts could commence.

The Ministry’s deputy permanent secretary Omar Gibba, assumed that the fire emanated from an electrical circuit, saying the most unfortunate thing is that they have lost all their document in the inferno. “We lost more than a million in this,” he said.

He said they will have to write to their international partners to get back some of the papers which include treaties.

Mr Gibba said it will cost the government millions to replace the damages, which include the building, computers, printers and many other office equipment.

We could not yet quantify the degree of the damage caused but the decades-old colonial building keeps some of the most important documents of the department regarding the country’s fisheries matters.

More details about the incident will come shortly.

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