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Lagos Economy: ‘Ounje Eko’ food markets open in 50 locations with discounted prices (Full List)

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*The Lagos State Government announces the food markets will be open at 50 locations in five Lagos divisions, operate Sundays between 10: 00a.m. and 4:00p.m., and all the food items will be sold at 25 percent discount to consumers across the state

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

As a measure to ensure affordable foodstuffs and related consumer items reach millions of  Lagosians across the state, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has directed that ‘Ounje Eko’ food markets should commence discounted sale of food items in the five divisions of Lagos effective from Sunday, March 17, 2024.

ConsumerConnect reports Mr. Gbenga Omotoso, Honourable Commissioner for Information and Strategy, who announced this arrangement, noted that the Lagos State Government (LASG) has listed the food items to include rice, beans, gari, bread, eggs, tomatoes and pepper, among others.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the commissioning of pilot Lagos Food Hub in December 2023 

The Lagos Government affirmed the food markets would be open at 27 locations in Ikeja; six in Lagos Island; nine in Ikorodu; five in Epe; and 10 in Badagry divisions, and operate Sundays between 10: 00a.m. and 4:00p.m.

Omotoso disclosed all the food items would be sold at 25 percent discount to residents of Lagos State.

In line with the objective of the initiative to prevent sharp practices and ensure the foodstuffs reach a large number of Lagosians, the Lagos Government said that a voucher system would be introduced as the pilot scheme kicked off.

The Commissioner also explained the independent payment solution providers and food vendors have been identified and carefully selected to operate the process successfully in the cosmopolitan state.

They will also provide real-time data on the exercise for monitoring, stated he.

Likewise, for the purpose of transparency, the government has listed prices of the food items for consumers.

For instance, a 5kg bag of rice will sell for N5,325 while 1kg goes for N1,065; 5kg bag of Beans – N6,225 while 1kg would sell for N1,245.

Prices of other staple food items will also be made available through various media outlets, according to the Lagos State Government.

Omotoso stated: “Mr. Governor has called on all Lagosians to cooperate with the operators at the various locations, monitor the process, and provide feedback through official channels of the Lagos State Government.”

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