Xenophobia: “5,000 jobs lost to attacks in Lagos” – Babajide Sanwo-Olu
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Saturday disclosed that 5,000 people lost their jobs in Lagos due to Xenophobia attack on the Ajah and Surulere Malls by hoodlums avenging the attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.
The Governor, who visited the attacked malls in Ajah and Surulere areas of the State assured business owners of safety and ordered security personnel to step up protection of all facilities so as to prevent them from further attacks.
He described the State as a safe haven for business and investments, noting that the recent attacks on malls in the wake of xenophobic reprisals by some hoodlums is reprehensible and condemnable.
The Governor who was at Sangotedo and Surulere Shoprite malls and stores to have a first-hand assessment on the level of destruction of the facilities described the incidents as “enormous”.
Speaking to journalists after a tour of the malls, Sanwo-Olu pointed out that it was said that several shops and organisations belonging to Nigerians were affected in these mindless attacks.
He said: “we have seen the amount of enormous destruction in both plazas and the first thing is to condemn in strong terms, whatever could have led to this, it is extensive destruction of people’s property.
“As a government, we have come out to condemn this and to assure the business community that ease of doing business is paramount to us and security of lives and property is part of the to-do list for us.
“We are charging our security operatives to stop at nothing, to ensure that they keep all of these facilities safe and secure.”
Sanwo-Olu noted that although this xenophobic act took place in South Africa, Nigerians were the ones feeling the hardship and should move to stop such occurrence while stating that thousands of workers from these businesses had suffered losses as a result of these attacks.
“In both malls, over 5,000 people are out of jobs. These are jobs where Nigerians are the ones that have been affected. So we need to be able to take the lessons out of this, be stronger together and be able to take corrective measures to ensure that things like these should certainly not repeat itself in our community,” he said.