Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Sunday lamented that the xenophobic attacks carried out in Lagos caused the loss of about 5000 jobs in the state.
The governor who spoke after inspecting some of the facilities damaged as a result of the attacks, condemned the attackers for looting goods in shopping malls.
The governor lamented that, ‘’We have seen the level of destruction at both Novare Plaza and Surulere plaza. The first is to condemn the act that had led to this destruction in strong terms. These are just enormous destruction of property. This is extensive destruction of people’s wealth.
“Unfortunately, during my inspection of both plazas, I discovered that those affected were all indigenous stores and companies. Even the names that are synonymous with South Africa, I could see that there were over 150 staffs that could not get to perform their duties because of the act.
‘’From the evidence shown, we realized that people also jumped in through some nearby properties within the community. All these are unimaginable.
‘’When people come into a store overnight to loot the goods, it is an act that must be condemned. With the act now, over 5000 people are out of job. These are places that Nigerians were the major ones affected.’’
He urged business owners to embark on a robust engagement with their local communities, saying engaging in strong interaction with the community where they do business would help to assuage such occurrence.
‘’This will make the people to attach some significance to the brands as it concerns what that brand has done for them in their communities. That brand then become something that one relate with. The residents will know that this is the brand that has taken people out of poverty and other things done for them to develop.
According to him, ‘’All these kind of social interactions need to come so that when people remember those brands; they will remember them for the positive thing they had done for them.
‘’So that when the residents remember the brand, they remember the positive things that they have done for the community.
‘’For us as government and the business community, it is for us to take full responsibilities and see how we can create the engagement bring social inclusion from where we do businesses.
‘’Also importantly is for us to assure the business community that the ease of doing business is paramount to us. Security of lives and property is very important to us and that is why we have asked our security agencies to stop at nothing in ensuring that all the facilities here are secured.”
Mr Sanwo-Olu said his government would engage the police over those that were arrested during the act.