Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has approved the full reopening of markets in the state in order to enhance trade and commerce in Lagos.
This decision was made known in a statement by the Lagos Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Dr. Wale Ahmed.
The statement made available by the governor’s Senior Special Assistant on New Media, Gawat Jubril, noted that both food markets and non-food markets can reopen every day of the week.
Recall that before the announcement, food and non-food markets were allowed to operate three days in a week – Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
The state government had regulated the opening of the markets to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the state.
The statement read in part:
The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has approved the full resumption of operations of both food markets and non-food markets.
They are now to open daily.
Mr Governor took the decision to further enhance trade and commerce and mitigate the hardship of recent times and ensure that Lagosians can recover fast.
Mr Governor also advised the continued observance of all safety protocols.
Traders and their customers must adhere strictly to the COVID-19 protocols for their safety and the citizenry at large.
The governor’s directive is coming at a time when the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) warned that there may be a second wave of the spread of the virus may be witnessed in the country following the #EndSARS demonstrations that were witnessed in several parts of the country with Lagos being the centre of the protests.