The National Union of Shop and Distributive Employees has urged the Lagos State Government to relocate owners of shops razed by fire on December 26.
The president of the union, Kelly Ogbaloi, made the appeal, while speaking in Lagos on Saturday. A three-storey warehouse where firecrackers were stored at Jankara market caught fire on December 26, destroying about 10 houses and property worth millions of naira. One person died from the inferno while 40 others were injured.
Following the inferno, no fewer than 1,500 shops in the neighbourhood were shut by the authorities.
Mr. Ogbaloi, however, said that the closure of the shops was not the solution to the problem caused by the explosion at the warehouse.
“Closing down the shops will not solve the problem; it will further impoverish the traders. They will not be able to sell their goods; it is an economic loss.
“As we look for solutions, I appeal to the government to make alternative arrangements for the traders,’’ he said.
The traders’ president also advised the authorities to take measures to forestall a recurrence of the incident.
“Necessary steps should be taken to reduce the hardships being faced by the people and prevent throwing more people into the unemployment market,’’ Mr. Ogbaloi added.