The Lagos State Government says it will hold the Easter edition of the Emergency Neighbourhood Food Markets on April 9, for residents of the state essentially to address the problem associated with the restriction and promotion of social distancing in the fight against the spread of COVID -19 in the state.
The State Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Gbolahan Lawal made this known on Tuesday that the neighbourhood food markets would hold in 27 selected public schools within 14 Local Government Areas of the state.
Lawal said the Easter edition was sequel to the flag-off of the emergency neighbourhood food markets for residents of the state recently.
He explained that the aim of setting up the neighbourhood food markets was to provide Lagosians access to food supplies during the restrictive period in order to prevent panic buying in line with the state governor’s directives closing all markets and stores trading in non-essential commodities.
Lawal said that the markets were makeshift markets within the neighbourhood for families that do not have the capacity to buy food stuffs in bulk to have access to a market during the current lock down in the state.
The commissioner explained that the markets would enable shoppers buy produce and other everyday needs such as beverages, vegetables, fish, poultry products, bread and other essential needs at competitive, affordable and farm gate prices.
According to him, the selected schools within which the markets are situated include St Judes Primary School, Ilasamaja; Ilupeju Primary School, Town Planning Way, Illupeju; Papa Ajao Primary School all in Mushin Local Government.
“Others are Local Government Primary School, Idimu; Meiran Community Primary School, Meiran in the Alimosho Local Government area; Sijuade Primary School, Ijesatedo; Lagos Progressive Primary School, Mbah Street, Surulere; Obele Secondary School, Lawanson; and Aguda Grammar School, Aguda all in the Surulere Local Government area.
“The list also include Ikeja Primary School, Opebi Primary School, Ikeja; United Christian Primary School, Marine Beach, Ijora Oloye Primary School, Ire Akari Nursery and Primary School II, Iganmu all in the Apapa Local Government Area of the State.
” St Jude Primary School, Ebute Meta, Fagba Junior Grammar School, Iju; Stadium Junior Grammar School, Ifako; Ikota Primary School, Lekki-Epe Expressway, Ikota; St George’s Primary School, Ikoyi; Araromi Baptist School, Beckley Road; Lagos Island.
“Also St Emmanuel Primary School, Ogudu, Ajao Estate School, Anthony; Sam Ethnan Airforce Base, Ikeja and Ejigbo Model Primary School, Ejigbo,” he said.
He noted that other schools are St Theresa Roman Catholic Primary School, Epe, Awolowo Way, Oke Oyinbo, Epe; Anglican Primary School, Aradagun/Mosafejo Aworo/Ajido Road, Badagry and Government Technical College, Awolowo Way, Oke Ota-Ona, Ikorodu.
The commissioner said the ministry of agriculture along with the Ministry of Health have put in place safety guidelines at each of the neighbourhood food and agricultural markets.
He added that officials of the Nigeria Police and Neighbourhood Watch would be on ground to ensure the maintenance of law and order.
He, however, advised shopper to adhere strictly to safety measures and take the necessary precautionary measures of social distancing while shopping.
The commissioner reiterated that people should not panic buy as the makeshift food and agricultural markets have been put in place by the state government to ameliorate peoples’ suffering.
He, therefore, advised all residents of the state to take individual responsibility during this restrictive period by acting positively so that the chain of COVID-19 transmission could be broken in the state.