350 security and sanitation personnel attached to Abubakar Rimi Market are being owed backlog of salaries owing to loss of revenue caused by the closure of the market during the total and partial lockdown observed in the state in the fight against the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic.
The director administration and general services, Abubakar Rimi Market Company, Muhammad Bashir Abdul, in a parley session with journalists in his office disclosed that the market has recorded the loss of over N15 million in revenues owing to its closure.
According to him, traders at the market fully comprehended what initiated the decision by the state government to shut the market. Yakasai, when quizzed on the need for observance of COVID-19 protocols in the usually over-crowded market, said the management has received large chunk of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) donated to the market by Kano State government, stating that the items would be put to judicious use during operational hours.
According to him, traders dealing on cosmetics and communications accessories were the most affected by the losses, accusing hot weather conditions which led to explosion of cosmetic products and weakening of fibre-made communications products. He reassured that the management of the market would enforce the COVID-19 protocols within the market.
He described as unfounded rumors been spread that wares of traders have been destroyed by rodents while also dismissing the speculations that dogs deployed to compliment security measures have all died out of hunger while the total lock down lasted.
He said “there was proper arrangements to avoid what could be avoided to ensure that our traders minimize losses. At a point, we had to evacuate goods that were sensitive to heat.