Reconstruction of Waheen market set to begin after government okays process

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The government has given a the go-ahead to business people ready to rebuild their premises that were wiped out in the Waaheen market blaze of 1st April this year to do so.

The Minister for Endowments and Religious Affairs, who is the Chairperson of the national committee on the re-building efforts, Sheikh Abdirizak Albani, told business leaders and property owners with whom he met that they can start the site rebuilding process.

“The only condition is that all adhere to is the application of the winning design. No matter who the builder you choose is, you must follow the blueprints of the architectural design that you can collect from here,” he said.

The Minister stated that 210privately owned buildings converting to about 23 blocks were gutted and/or razed to rubble by the fire.

Sheikh Albani said the government was ready to give each of them their allotted share of funds collected for the rebuilding effort.

On their part, the leaders of business committees expressed delight that the reconstruction programme was moving forward on schedule and that, out of the catastrophe, a better-planned market may rise.

“Property owners are ready to apply winning designs and would strictly abide by the guidelines given them,” a spokesperson for the committees stated.

Somaliland business moguls, the government, international organizations and even Mogadishu business people took part in the collection of donations for the affected.

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