On March 29,2020, the Lagos State Government via the Lagos State Ministry of Agriculture announced an initiative to set up neighbourhood food markets in communities across the state. This was done with the aim of providing essential food supplies to residents of the state during this restrictive period.
Since the announcement movement restrictions and closure of markets and stores trading in non-essential items, there have been cases of panic buying/price gouging of essential commodities. In order to reduce this, the Ministry of Agriculture has enlisted key suppliers within the state to provide essential items in 27 emergency food markets across 14 Local Government Areas.
These suppliers include members of the state’s farmer’s network, FMCG manufacturers and TradeDepot’s ShopTopUp. With our wide network of agents and vans, we have been able to provide products from various brands to shoppers in all 27 neighbourhood markets in these 14 LGAs.
Working with the Lagos State Government
The TradeDepot CEO Kachi Izukanne had this to say about the LASG Emergency Market Initiative:
“We applaud the pace at which the Lagos State Government moved to set up several emergency markets all around the state immediately a shutdown of regular markets became imminent. On the active market days over the past 3 weeks we have seen large numbers of neighbourhood store owners and consumers troop out to buy much-needed products safely and at fair market prices from vendors at these new market hubs, and we are happy to be able to support the efforts of the state government in this regard.
“A lot more still needs to be done to feed and secure our communities as this pandemic and the resultant lockdown continues. We will keep working with the relevant authorities to minimize the impact of this unprecedented crisis on the most vulnerable households across the state and the country at large”
Thank you to our trusted TradeDepot team and the Lagos State Government for this laudable initiative to support our communities.