COVID-19: Kano Popular Market Loses N15 Million Revenue In 45 Days, Says Management
By Hanatu Sulaiman Abba
The Management of Abubakar Rimi Market, popularly known as ‘Sabon Gari Market’ in Kano says it has lost over N15 million revenue since the declaration of lockdown in the state for over 45 days now, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The Director Administration and General Services of market, Mr. Muhammad Bashir told reporters on Wednesday in Kano.
“As a result of this loss, we can not even pay our staff salaries, you know, we are a government company, we pay our staff from the revenue we generate.
“Every month we generate over N12 million, out of which we normally spend over N8 million as worker’s salary.” He said.
He added that with the large customers patronising the market, the management can not ensure social distancing among the people.
The market Director explained that they have received over 20,000 facemasks from the State government for distribution to traders customers and also traders.
According to him, such will assist in reducing the spread of the COVID-19 disease among the public.
He appealed to the State government to come to their aid to pay the worker’s salary to reduce the hardship they are facing because of the lockdown.
The market management further commended the State government for its efforts in fighting the pandemic in Kano.
Our correspondent observed that only few traders and buyers at the market compiled with the NCDC protocol of social distance, use of facemask and senitizers.