Next Cash and Carry fire unfriendly to workers

The fire that engulfed Next Cash and Carry Super market on Sunday , December 26, 2021 could throw many workers out of job.

Some of the workers expressed fear of the loss of their jobs, saying “we do not know where to seek for jobs again.”

Security personnel have taken over the premises of the super market where a section had been burnt down.

The workers who were seen at the mall trying to take stocks of things affected said that they were expecting a better year ahead because of the larger patronage during the Christmas period, but did not know that disaster was looming.

Martha Agbo, a staff of one of the small business section, which sells wine, said that goods worth over N70 million were lost in the inferno.

Agbo said she knew that with the disaster she had lost her job already.

“Over 2,000 workers have been rendered jobless by this fire incident. For me, I know have I lost my job already because, with the loss we incurred in the fire, there is no way we can start working immediately.

 “Between December 22 and 25, we made huge sales and we were even rejoicing that our salaries this December might be increased. We did not know that this kind of disaster will occur,” she said.

Another worker, Dogo James, of a gift section in the mall, lamented that he does not know how life will be after the inferno.

He said despite being a sales boy in the mall, life was a bit easy for him.

“I have been working in this place for more than four years now, this is where my family and I have been surviving. Now, I do not know where to go to and how we are going to survive this disaster,” he lamented.