Lagos State Government Clarifies Pricing Variations at “Ounje Eko” Sunday Markets

The Lagos State Government has provided clarity on the pricing variations at its special Sunday markets, initiated as a relief measure following the removal of the petrol subsidy. Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotosho, explained that there would be price differences across different locations as the markets resume operations this Sunday, after their debut on March 17.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu introduced these discount markets, known as “Ounje Eko,” to alleviate the economic impact on Lagosians. The initiative, which kicked off with mixed reactions, aims to make essential commodities more affordable, including rice, beans, garlic, bread, eggs, tomatoes, peppers, and onions.

Each market is overseen by government officials, youth volunteers, and private-sector payment solution providers to ensure smooth transactions and accessibility. Omotosho emphasized the government’s commitment to positively impacting lives, highlighting the importance of the “Ounje Eko” initiative.

Additionally, a new market location in Lekki Phase 1 has been added to cater to more residents. Despite the programme’s initial success, there were delays and complaints about pricing discrepancies, particularly in Badagry. The government has assured the public of its efforts to refine the approach for future iterations to ensure a more uniformly beneficial experience across all locations.

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