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Over 80k people benefitted from Lagos discounted food market in Surulere - Market leader

He said more than 20,000 residents benefited from the programme purchasing various food items like rice, beans, garri, eggs, bread, pepper, tomatoes, and onions each week.

The Ounje Eko scheme was launched by the Lagos State Govt to as a food palliative scheme for Lagosians.

Adeyemi said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday at the end of the programme at Progressive Junior Secondary school, Surulere, Lagos.

He said in the last four weeks, more than 20,000 residents benefited from the programme purchasing various food items like rice, beans, garri, eggs, bread, pepper, tomatoes, and onions each week.

According to him, this is the fourth week of the Ounje Eko scheme and the end of the first phase of the 25% discount food market organised by the administration of Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

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“I must tell you that it has been wonderful and successful. The programme was very interesting from the first day.

“Although, we had some issues with the payment system on the first day because we had only one operator, which was Cowry, more operators like Palm Pay, Momo, Smart Cash, and Interswitch were added, which made payment easier.

“As regards sales, people have been trooping in, at each market day and this is the fourth week, we don’t have less than 20,000 customers.

“Let me just put it at that because there are times that the numbers are more than that. Even on the last day, I envisage that it will be up to 30,000 to 40,000,” he said.

Adeyemi commended the people for their orderliness and discipline, which he said contributed to the success of the programme.

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He also lauded the security personnel; the Police, the Neighborhood Safety Corps, and Civil Defense Corps, whom he said were very helpful and professional.

This programme is a laudable one, it is one the residents of Lagos state will never forget for a long time.

“We started early on the last day to enable us to attend to more people.

“In fact, we had more people than before, the payment machines worked perfectly and the vendors too came in good it,” he said.

The market leader said there were enough commodities to sell to the people, such as grains, bread, eggs, pepper, and garri.

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“From the feelers, we are getting, the people are calling for more, they want an extension of the programme.

“We will get back to the authority to inform them about the request. If there’s going to be an extension, definitely we are going have more people benefit,” he said.

Overall, he said the programme was a huge success, “the staff came early and they were well kitted and they attended to people in a friendly manner.”

NAN reports that the Lagos State government on Sunday, March 17, kicked off discounted prices on essential food items across the state.

The initiative, Sanwo-Olu said aimed at alleviating the economic burden on residents amidst rising food prices.

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Under the initiative, food items including rice, beans, gari, bread, eggs, tomatoes, and pepper will be available at 25 per cent discounted prices at the food markets.

The markets opened from 11:00am to 4:00 pm in all local government areas (LGAs) and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in the state.

The Lagos discount food markets were operated across 27 locations in Ikeja, six in Lagos Island, nine in Ikorodu, five in Epe, and 10 in Badagry divisions of the state.

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