Lagos State Government, on Thursday directed that a number of markets, including GSM(Computer) village in Ikeja; Mandilaz in Lagos Island, Oluwole also in Lagos Island; Ogba market, Arena Mlmarket located in Oshodi, Alaba International market, to be closed down to contain the rapid spread of coronavirus in the state.
The affected markets numbering 17 also include Ladipo market in Oshodi; Oshodi market; Lawanson market; Kantangua market, Tradefair market; Igando market; Alimosho, Abule-Egba, Ebute Ero markets; Balogun market in Lagos Island, Iyana-Ipaja market and Agege market.
It would be recalled that the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, had on Monday announced that effective Thursday, March 26, the markets would not be operational till further notice, saying that only those selling food items, medicine and essential products would not be affected during the shutdown period.
The State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, said the step was in line with an earlier directive issued by the state government that “markets should not open except those selling food items. The idea is to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the state.”