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Gafoor Fire: Gov’t concerned with job, financial losses

IMG-20160509-WA0021President David Granger and the Government of Guyana have expressed concerned over the financial losses incurred by Sattaur Gafoor after his Houston complex went up in flames on Monday.

Reports indicate that the fire which could be seen from miles away destroyed hundreds of million in goods stored in the facility.

In a statement on Tuesday, President Granger and the Government of Guyana empathised with Sattaur Gafoor, the Gafoor family and members and staff of the company on their recent loss due to fire at the company’s Houston complex.

“The Government of Guyana regrets the tremendous financial loss and is deeply concerned about the hundreds of workers that have been displaced due to this disastrous event,” the statement noted.

Reports in local media have stated that employees from the facility will be transferred to other location, however the other locations will not be able to accommodate all of the 530 staffers.

It was noted that Gafsons Industries Limited is an iconic member of Guyana’s corporate community and extremely important to the economic health of the nation.

Up to late Monday evening fire fighters continued to battle the fire which eventually died after burning for close to 5 hours.

The cause of the blaze is currently unknown but it is understood that the fire started in the middle of the complex.

Some eight firemen sustained injuries as a result of the fire.

Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) sources said one of the firemen was admitted for further treatment while the others were treated, granted sick leave and sent away.

  • Emile_Mervin

    Sorry to read of this tragic economic episode. Hopefully, the business was fully insured and can bounce back. However, with many if the 530 employees facing unemployment, this is where my long-heralded call for Unemployment Benefits makes great sense.

    Employees and their employers should be part of a government-backed UB plan, separate from the NIS, that would provide financial subsistence for employees facing short-to-medium term unemployment circumstances through no fault of their own. These benefits can run anywhere from three to six months.

    • ChosenNChrist

      The UB plan is great one. How about composing all your ideas and paying a visit to the President? Heaven knows if he reads these news articles.

  • ChosenNChrist

    This story brought tears to my eyes. However, to the faithful, nothing is by chance/coincidence or in vain.