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Lockdown: Lawal tours makeshift markets, calls for more collaborations

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By Joshua Timi

As Lagosians continue to live with the reality of the lockdown, especially as it affects markets in the metropolis, the state Commissioner for Agriculture Mr Gbolahan Lawal has emphasized the need to encourage farmers in the supply of foodstuffs to smaller markets.

Speaking during a visit to a marketshift market within the at Sam Ethanan Air force Barrack, Ikeja, the commissioner stressed on complementing the already established markets and health centre that is established by the personnel in the barrack.

He also emphasised government’s readiness to partner with the barrack in the area of agriculture whereby a lot of farmers wil be brought into the barracks to upgrades all necessary facilities whereby youth will be catried along.

Earlier in his words, Air vice Marshal Lawal Alao, highlighted on the provision the military had put on ground to curb down the pandemic, with social distance, functional health centres and split markets within the barrack, commended the lagos state governments for a good gesture and initiative in establishing market shift to complement our own here.

The commissioner also visited the onigbogbo market shift People did not patronised due to high price of product in the marketshift, with less than few people patronizing the marketshift, Gbolahan lawal. expressed disappointment in the low turn out.

Bosun Solarin a trader in the market called on Lagos state government to subsidies the price of the products, since it is a shift from normal market to prevent crowd and create social distance in the market, she advice that Lagos state government needed to adopt another measures in the market shift as people are not happy with it, “we thought it was a free for all, only for us, to. See that we are buying foodstuff that the Governor Sanwo-Olu asked them to give us free, up till now we have not seen any thing being send on social media” she lament.

Meanwhile, a visit to the depot at Agege agriculture input, food stuff were being packed as politician flock the depot to cart away products.

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If you’re African and use WhatsApp, you need to read this

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A new app built by an African for Africans is out. Its name is SupFrica!

The app, just like WhatsApp, has all the features that WhatsApp has. But one thing that it has that WhatsApp doesn’t is, it’s 2× faster than WhatsApp.

Sending a message on Supfrica is faster than sending a message on WhatsApp, the report claims. You can add up 2348055441309, after installation for a test. The voice and video call in Africa is of high quality just as WhatsApp. This is the time to embrace our own. It is proudly made by a Sierra Leonean!

The company, Techfrica, which is owned by Mr. Hassan Hafiz Bakarr-Kanu Sr., released the app on Google Play Store on December 11, 2020, with fewer downloads.

The app is also amazingly rated number 1 on Google Play Store Top Free Apps; leading the world’s top messaging apps like WhatsApp, Messenger, Facebook, Telegram, WeChat, etc.

You can forward messages to more than 20 contacts at once, unlike WhatsApp. With Supfrica, you can create a Supfrica group and add an unlimited number of contacts to your group, unlike WhatsApp. You can add up 2348055441309, after installation for a test.

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Alaba Amalgamated Council commiserates with Ojo police station, donates items for rebuilding

…thanks Gov. Sanwo-Olu for re-opening Lagos markets

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By Adeola Oluwaseun Oluwole

A week after a widespread arson which left many public utilities burnt in Lagos including police stations, the Alaba Amalgamated Council of Sectional heads have commiserated with Ojo police station and donated items to fast-track the rebuilding of the station.

The Council which visited the dilapidated police property on Tuesday 27th of October, 2020 to see the level of damage and to show their support to the command also facilitated the re-roofing of the station

The council of sectional heads led by the president Ichie Fabian E. Ezorjika donated office tables, chairs, electronics and a power generating set to the station.

Also, the roofing of the police station was changed and sponsored by Evang. Paulilus Ugochukwu ( a.k.a Sound Prince).

Ojo local government Chairman Hon. Rosulu Idowu donated and an Ilux van to the station as their patrol van was also burnt during the incidence.

In another development, the Alaba International Amalgamated Traders Association (Council of Sections) has expressed appreciation to the Lagos state government, Babajide Sanwo-Olu for the promptness in re-opening markets in the state after last week’s riots.

Th association commended governor Sanwoolu for yielding to the cries of its members on the inconveniences the one-day on, and one-day off pattern characterized by the pandemic caused them economically.

They promised to adhere to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)’s rules guiding against Covid-19 and ensure full compliance of traders in tax payment.

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ALERT: Panic buying in Lagos as fear of petrol pump price hike grips residents

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Lagosians this morning embarked on panic fuel buying as petrol stations across the metropolis become crowded with vehicles and people who want to buy the product in jerrycans.

This may not be unconnected with the Tuesday’s announcement by the the downstream subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, the Petroleum Products Marketing Company, PPMC, which fixed the ex-depot price of Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, also known as petrol, at N138.62 per litre

When asked why the panic buying, some motorists who spoke with GidiNews blamed on it on the inconsistency of the government over the fixing of petroleum pump price in recent time.

“We are not sure what could come up next and so, one has to prepare well for every eventuality that may occur. I am a businessman and I cannot afford to look on, while my investments are always affected by unpredictable government policies. I need to fill my tank, at least for the rest of the week and that is why I am here” A motorist told our correspondent in Ogba Ikeja.

A filling station along College Road, Ogba

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