Chairman of Mile 12 international Market in Lagos, Mr. Shehu Usman, said in a chat with nationalsketch.com on Tuesday that the residents of the state complied with the stay at home directive of the federal and state governments.
Usman pointed out during the interview that customers did not go to the market to buy goods as they used to do, adding that “see the commodities, but there are no customers to buy them, that really showed they have complied with the government’s directive.”
He however lamented that most of the goods being sold in the market were perishables, and that if they were not sold within two or three days, they would turn to loss for the sellers.
When he was asked what would be done to the perishable commodities such as pepper and tomatoes during the stay at home order, he stated that there was nothing they could do, and that the commodities would still perish if they were left in the farms, but that they were ready to bear the losses as their own sacrifice to prevent the spread of the dreaded Coronavirus in Nigeria.
On how the sellers would make up for the loss arising from the stay at home order, Usman lamented that nobody considered their plights and that they had never been given any grant by the government at any point in time.
Mr. Shehu however said that the hike in prices of goods in the market in the last fee days was as a result of demand, and that it was just like a combination of Sallah and Easter at the same time.
“So, there’s even much more demand than what could be supplied because in this case everybody came to the market to buy food items so that they could have food at home.
“The demand pushed the prices of the commodities up. For instance, the tomatoes that were brought into Lagos were far less than what the people demanded before the lockdown began.
“There’s a partnership between us and the government to have market shifts, where people would come and buy these commodities.
“We have our methods of doing this, our people would go out with vans and customers would buy from them,” he said.
He revealed that the Lagos State Government gave them two-three centers in each local government, where the commodities could be sold and that they were starting from Kosefe, and Magodo on the first day (Wednesday April 1), while on Thursday it would be the turn of Surulere, and that it would go round all the local governments in the state.