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Lagos open mart to boost local farm production

… asks traders to leave roads
Sesan Olufowobi
The Lagos State Government has partnered a non-government organisation, Our Lagos, Your Lagos Initiative Group, to support local farmers and boost their production capacity.
The partnership, according to a statement on  Thursday, led to the inauguration of the  Eko Farmers’ Mart in the Surulere area, where farm produce would be sold at subsidised rates.
The statement added that Lagosians would now be able to purchase fresh farm produce, explaining that arrangements had been concluded with farmers to pick up farm  produce directly from farms.
The coordinators of Our Lagos Your Lagos Initiative, Mr. Abiodun Yinusa and Mr. Idris Aregbe, said fresh farm produce would boost the health of residents.
“While urging farmers to key into the arrangements, the youth initiative coordinators said arrangements have been concluded to replicate Eko Farmers’ Mart in Orile, Iganmu, Ikorodu, Egbeda, Ketu, Ogba and Alimosho, among other places,” the statement added.
… asks traders to leave roads
The Lagos State Government has asked traders, especially those in Ogba Market and its environs, to vacate the road or face sanctions.
It stated that no one had been given the permission to convert roads, road medians and walkways into markets.
The Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Babatunde Adejare, said this during his monitoring of enforcement activities at Abibatu Mogaji Sunday Market, Oluwole Mini Market and Ogba Retail Market on Thursday.
Adejare lamented that despite continuous advocacy, some traders were still violating the environmental laws by causing disorder on roads in the state.
“The government will not tolerate any disregard of the law, particularly from traders who were fond of converting every available space into a market,” Adejare said.
He said all traders must stop trading on roads in order to drastically reduce inconveniences to the people, enhance the sustainability of the environment and protect public infrastructure.
“Our focus is to maintain sanity in our markets which are presently dotted with all manner of shanties and illegal structures,” he said.
He advised owners of street shops to fence them off the roads to reduce their havocs to the environment.
He warned that if the fence were not erected within a reasonable time, the shops would be demolished and tenements using them penalised.
The Chairman of Ogba-Oluwole Community Estate Association, Mr. Lateef Abass, said the residents would support environmental policies of government, stressing that it was in the best interest of all.

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