Mr.Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Governor of Lagos State

Lagos sets up temporary food markets on school grounds

* Aim is to prevent panic buying, provide Lagosians access to food supplies during restriction period ─Commissioner

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect
In line with Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s directive to stakeholders in his state to take proactive measures, including setting up new food markets, towards curbing the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) disease among Lagosians, the state Ministry of Agriculture has set up sites for food and agricultural produce in selected schools across local governments in the state.

It was learnt that Prince Gbolahan Lawal, Commissioner for Agriculture, disclosed this development, noting that the markets were set up to provide Lagosians access to food supplies during this restriction period.

The objective is, according to him, is to prevent panic buying after the Lagos State Government’s directive that all markets and stores trading in non-essential commodities be closed.

Prince Lawal outlined the local governments where the food and agricultural markets would be set up as: Mushin, Alimosho, Surulere, Ikeja, Apapa, Lagos Mainland, Eti-Osa, Surulere and Ifako-Ijaiye Local Governments.

He disclosed that the schools identified for food and agricultural markets include Bishop Aggrey Primary School, Ilasamaja; Ajenifuja Primary School, Ilupeju, Mushin; Papa Ajao Primary School, Ladipo Street, Mushin; Akin Ogun Primary School, Mosan; Meiran Community Primary School, Meiran; and Animashaun Primary School, Ijeshatedo, off Omilani Street, Surulere.

Others are Ikeja Primary School, Ikeja; Opebi Primary School, Opebi, Ikeja; Anglican Primary School, Marine Beach, Apapa; St. Jude’s Primary School, Ebute- Metta; St. George’s Boys Primary School, Falomo; Community Grammar School, Adelabu, Surulere; Obele Secondary School, Adelabu, Surulere; Fagba Junior Grammar School, Ifako-Ijaiye; and Stadium High School, Ifako.

He assured that the state Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with the Ministry of Health has designed safety guidelines at each of the temporary food and agricultural markets.
The Commissioner solicited for strict adherence to safety measures by shoppers, especially social distancing between visitors to the specified locations during the restriction period.

There is no need for panic buying by members of the public since the food and agricultural markets have been put in place to make shopping easy, he stated.

According to him, the officials of the Nigeria Police and Lagos State-owned Neighbourhood Watch will ensure the maintenance of law and order in the various markets.

Lawal advised all residents to remain vigilant and observe all the precautionary measures outlined by the state government to curb the prevalence of the COVID-19 pandemic in Lagos State.

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