Thursday, May 30, 2024

‘Ounje Eko’: Sanwo-Olu Salutes Lagosians on Calm  

The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has noted the smooth conduct on Sunday at the Ounjè Eko Sunday markets.

For the second Sunday, residents trooped out to buy various items at 25 percent less than the usual market prices.

Many praised the government for the initiative, which they suggested should go on.

A statement by the Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, made it known that Sanwo-Olu received reports of calmness and orderliness at the various markets despite the huge turnout of residents.

The commissioner in the statement, quoted the governor as having said: “It is all about assuring Lagosians that our administration will continue to stand by them.

“We will continue to find  and deploy creative  ways of easing their burden.”

Discounted Food Markets Open Across Lagos Sunday

Governor Sanwo-Olu praised the Special Dispensation Advisory Committee on Social Interventions, an 11-man, non-partisan body set up to advise the government on various interventions, for its support on all the initiatives, which will soon be fully rolled out.

The “Ounje Eko” Market pilot scheme, which opened on March 17, 2024 in 57 centres across the five divisions of the State, is part of multi-sectoral measures rolled out by Governor Sanwo-Olu to cushion the effects of the economic hardship on Lagosians.

The market at its debut last week had some hitches, but most of the identified inadequacies have since been corrected.

On March 24, the situation was calm as prospective buyers were orderly.

Payment points ran smoothly at the cashless markets.

Reports gathered at various markets showed that sales started earlier than last week, as local food vendors arrived early to the delight of customers.

Although the prices of the products varied according to locations, residents were full of praise for the idea.

To prevent reselling, double-buying and ensure that all buyers were served, children who came with their parents were not allowed to purchase food items, while preference was  given to the aged, expectant women and people living with disabilities.

On sale were rice, beans, pepper, bread, eggs, garri and others.

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