Lagos State government said it has suspended the Easter edition of its Eko-City Farmers’ Market earlier scheduled to hold at the Tafawa Balewa Square on Sunday, 29th March 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The State Commissioner for Agriculture, Prince Gbolahan Lawal, said this, on Thursday, in a statement made available to newsmen at Alausa, Ikeja, explaining that the suspension was part of the measures the state government had adopted in order to halt the spread of the deadly virus among the people.
The commissioner, however, said that the suspension would be reviewed as the spread of the coronavirus is controlled and halted.
Lawal said the decision was taken as the health and welfare of everybody associated with the organisation of the Eko-City Farmers’ Market were the state government’s priority,
“The progress of COVID-19 remains unclear and we can reassure everyone that the health and welfare of our farmers, consumers and indeed everybody associated with the market remain our priority.
“We will continue to follow the state government advice to keep the situation under review and explore all options available to find ways of resuming the market when the conditions allow,” Lawal said.
The Eko-City Farmers’ Market is an exceptional initiative aimed at providing a conducive, safe and well-structured environment where farmers can trade their farm produce directly to consumers at farm gate prices.
It was designed as a monthly market to be hosted on the last Sunday of every month in order to create an inclusive platform that would cater to the diverse needs of people in different social strata as well as ensure food safety and traceability that meets with international market standards.