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Minister Commends Abuja Residents For Salvaging Goods From Burning Next Supermarket

Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has commended Abuja residents for rushing to salvage some goods from the burning Next Cash and Carry Supermarket.

The Supermarket was engulfed in flames on Boxing Day, December26

The Minister, accompanied by the FCT Commissioner of Police, Sunday Babaji, the Coordinator, Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC), Umar Shuaibu and senior officials of the Administration, paid an inspection visit to the scene of incidence today, December 28.

Muhammad Musa Bello said that the fire incident brought out the best in the residents of the city as they rallied round the business establishment and helped in salvaging goods which would otherwise have been lost to the fire.

He also commended the supermarket for having a functional fire hydrant system which assisted the Departments of fire services in controlling the blaze and prevent its further spread.

The Minister thanked God that no life was lost, even as he sympathized with the management of the supermarket on the loss.

He recalled that Next cash and Carry supported the FCT at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, donated palliatives to the needy, saying, “I really sympathize with NEXT.

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“I feel so particularly because I recall during the peak of the COVID-19, NEXT, was among the companies that provided us palliative items which we distributed to vulnerable members of the community.

“Unfortunately, today they are also very vulnerable…so it is our duty in the city to rally round them, protect this important investment and generator of many jobs, and also give them all the needed support so that they bounce back stronger than what they were before.”

The Minister said that although the inferno hit the city hard due to the loss of jobs, but that the incidences such as this affords city managers and other relevant agencies the opportunity to review what happened and make amends to prevent future occurrence  and minimize damages.

The Minister was received on site by the General Manger of the Supermarket Neil Pape and the Director of the FCT Fire Service, Engr. Sanni Saidu.

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