Lagos wants compliance with social distancing rules in markets

Luqmon Balogun, Lagos


The Lagos State Government has urged shoppers at it 27 COVID-19 Emergency Food Markets to always observe social distancing and regular hand washing to prevent the spread of the virus.

The State Commissioner for Agriculture, Prince Gbolahan Lawal stated this while on a monitoring tour of the Easter edition of the market at Fagba Junior High School, Iju-Ishaga; Meiran Community Primary School, Meiran and Papa Ajao Nursery and Primary School, Mushin, Lagos.

The Commissioner who spoke through the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Dr Olayiwole Onasanya said that the state government has made provision for soap and water as well as hand sanitisers in all the 27 designated markets.

He said people must observe the rules and regulations laid down by the government to curtail the spread of the virus as they go out to shop for their food and daily needs.

“I am impressed with what we have seen so far in all the markets we have visited today. We have gone to about three markets so far and what we have seen is that people were well mobilised.

“We can see people going in and out, buying whatever they need for their families. We can see people angling over prices, which happen in normal markets.

“We are emphasising on social distancing, washing of hands before entering into the markets and also on your way out, we have provided hand sanitisers, soap and water.

“Am impressed with today’s turnout; although it is a temporary emergency market that is closer to the people to buy food items during the lock down, people still came out in their numbers…The experience has been good, people are coming from their houses to shop for items like fruit and vegetables, yam, rice, beans, garri, among other.

“What we have observed between the buyers and the sellers is that social distancing is observed,” he said.

State Commitment
Lawal said the state government was committed to improving the lives of its people through various palliative measures to ameliorate their suffering during the period of the lockdown occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.

He explained that the markets have been setup very close to the people as such they do not need to walk more than 100 or 200 meters to the markets adding that ”the market is also an avenue for the people to stock their homes for one or two week(s).”

Easter Celebration
Meanwhile, residents of Lagos State on Thursday have trooped out to the 27 COVID-19 Emergency Food Markets to make last minutes purchase ahead of the Easter celebration.

They commended the state government for its visionary leadership to setup the markets closer to the people and described it as ‘a well thought-out initiative.’


Mercy Chukwudiebere