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Lagosians to enjoy adequate food supply to 27 markets -LASG

* Assures consumers of enough stock of farm produce, perishables 

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect
Sequel to its latest arrangement to create markets for consumer daily needs, the Lagos State Government (LASG) has assured the residents of the state of adequate food supply to the 27 designated COVID-19 Emergency Food Markets.

Prince Gbolahan Lawal, Lagos State Commissioner for Agriculture, Sunday, April 5 gave this assurance while monitoring the exercise at the Sam Ethnan Air Force Base, in Ikeja, Opebi Primary School and Ogudu Nursery and Primary School, Ojota respectively.

Lawal restated that the emergency markets were created to cushion the effects of the directive on the two-week lockdown which the Federal Government ordered to curb the spread of Coronavirus in the country.

According to the Commissioner, more farmers would be deployed to the various markets Thursday, the next market day, so as to ensure enough supply of farm produce and perishables to meet the demands of the consumers.

Lawal stated that the Lagos State Government was collaborating with all relevant stakeholders to ensure adequate food supply at the various emergency markets during the lockdown at the next market day.

There is a need for consumers to comply with the social distancing as well as observe the personal hygiene rules while shopping, he said.

The commissioner said the state government would support the farmers with logistics to enable them to mobilise their farm produce to the various designated emergency markets in the state.

He explained that the state government would scale-up the number of the markets based on demands from the different communities.

Prince Lawal assured that the state government and farmers would not take advantage of the situation to exploit the residents of the state.

Items are being sold at farm gate prices, he assures.

The Commissioner said: “We underestimated the population here, and we promise to improve on it in the coming days.

“This is a very good opportunity for our farmers and considering the situation that we are in, the COVID-19 pandemic to sell their produce at affordable prices.

“We want to assure the Nigerian Airforce Base of whatever they may also need because we are in discussion on how we can improve the skill set of some of the youths in the base.

“We want to give them an agricultural skillset through the ongoing state government agriprenuership programme.

Lawal stated that “aside from this market, we will also partner on the training of the youth within the barrack.

“The base, I am told has a population of about 20,000. This is a good opportunity for us and we hope to have a good partnership between the state government and the base,” Lawal stated.

“The Eko City farmers’ market and the makeshift farmers market are food markets that we have introduced.

“What we promised the citizenry is every other day but considering the logistics, we have shifted it to every three days in all the designated makeshift markets in the state,” the commissioner said.

Earlier, Air Vice-Marshal Lawal Alao, Air Officer Commanding, Logistics Command, Nigerian Air Force, Ikeja, lauded the state government for setting up a COVID-19 emergency food market in the base.

Alao said the gesture would go a long way in helping over 16,000 residents get their daily needs during the lockdown.

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