The government will assist the next cash-and-carry supermarket in regaining strength–Minister
NewsReport gathered that Mallam Muhammad Bello, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), has promised to provide needed support for the NEXT Cash and Carry Supermall in Abuja, which is owned by Peter Obi, a former governor of Anambra State, to recover stronger than it was before the Boxing Day fire.
On Tuesday in Abuja, the minister made the pledge while conducting an on-the-spot assessment of the mega shopping mall that was destroyed by fire on Sunday, December 26.
Bello said the fire had a significant impact on the city because the facility was a significant investment that provided many jobs for Abuja residents.
Despite the fact that the inferno was an unfortunate occurrence, he added that by the grace of God, no lives were lost, and a significant portion of the premises where bulk items were stored in warehouses was destroyed.
He added that even though the inferno was an unfortunate incident, by the grace of God, no life was lost, and a substantial part of the premises where bulk items were stored in the warehouses was salvaged.
“I sympathize with NEXT, particularly because during the heat of the COVID-19, NEXT was among the foremost companies that provided tremendous support to the FCTA, by providing palliative items, which we distributed to vulnerable members of the community.
“Unfortunately, today they are also vulnerable, so it’s our duty in the city to rally round and protect this important investment that is a generator of many jobs in the city.
“We will give them all the needed support so that they bounce back stronger than what they were before. We look forward to seeing you back to business in no distant future,” he said.