The Lagos State Government has declared that its emergency makeshift neighbourhood markets has achieved its goal of enabling residents to access farm produce without stress, as the state continues to observe the lockdown directive in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a statement by the State’s Commissioner of Agriculture, Prince Gbolahan Lawal, he alluded to the fact that the government was satisfied with the success of the 27 makeshift COVID-19 markets originally created to reduce the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the economic activities in the state.
He explained that with the establishment of these markets, a lot of Lagosians have been provided the opportunity to access food products including vegetables, perishable goods and even fast consumer products especially those needed for the Ramadan fast.
“So far, we are happy with the success rate. We are happy that the makeshift markets have given the opportunity to a lot of Lagosians to be able to access markets without much trouble,” Lawal noted.
“The markets were satisfactorily serving that purpose such that the open markets that were supposed to be the major point of call for people are now recording lower patronage especially in line with the social distancing guidelines of the government of Governor Babajide Olushola Sanwo-Olu,” the Commissioner opined.
Lawal explained that though the economy of Lagos was important, the protection of lives is more important, adding that the government would continue to do all within its power to ensure that its citizens are safe.
He pointed out that the public health order would continually be at the front burner as a matter of urgency hence it was important that people are aware of the essence of social distancing so that the whole of the country understand the seriousness of the pandemic.
“From the feedbacks we are getting, we want to see how we can come up with some strategy that can make Lagosians adapt to the pandemic in terms of social distancing.
“Looking at everyone here, we all have our face-masks and I am sure you heard the governor speak to it that from next week, we will have to compel everyone to wear face-masks,” Lawal said.
In the same vein, the Chairman, House Committee on Agriculture in the State House of Assembly, Hon. Kehinde Joseph urged residents to be patient with the state government and comply with the total lockdown and social distancing directives
Joseph commended the state government through the ministry of agriculture for setting up the emergency market which shows the importance that the government attached to the welfare of the people.
“When I got here this morning, I walked round to see the quality of the items here and sincerely speaking, everything here is well organised. There is nothing a family or an individual need that is not available for purchase in the market.
“From food stuff to poultry products, fish, pepper and beverages and other every day item are on display and the prices are very good and competitive,” he said.