- Food and non-food markets in Lagos now have more hours to trade, according to a new directive by the state government
- The commissioner for local government and community affairs in the state, Wale Ahmed, said markets have now been permitted to open by 8am and close at 6pm
- Ahmed, however, said the directive on the alternate days of operations remains in force
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The Lagos state government has issued a new guideline regarding the operation hours for food and non-food markets.
A thread of tweets by Gboyega Akosile, the chief press secretary to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Sunday, August 16, states that the governor has approved the extension of operation hours for both food markets and non-food markets across the state.
With the new directive, markets have been permitted to open by 8am and close at 6pm. The directive on the alternate days of operations, however, remains in force.
Food markets in Lagos are to open on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, while non-food markets open will open on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
Akosile said the new directive was announced by the commissioner for local government and community affairs in the state, Dr Wale Ahmed.
He explained that the decision was to further enhance trade and commerce and mitigate the hardship of the coronavirus pandemic.
The commissioner urged all traders to adhere strictly to the COVID-19 protocols for their safety and that of the residents at large.
In other news, respite has come for Lagosians who are users of e-hailing platforms as the state government has on Friday, August 14, reversed the plan to impose 10% service charge on every trip made.
This was disclosed by the commissioner for transport, Dr Frederic Oladeinde after a meeting of Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, some executive council members and e-hailing operators at Lagos House, Marina.
According to him, the government had reached an agreement with operators to now charge N20 per trip instead of 10 percent of the charges for each trip.
He said the N20 per trip charge would take effect from Aug. 27. He added that the charge would be known as Road Improvement Fund.
Going further, he said that other agreements reached include 20% reduction in the operating and renewal license fees.
The state also urged drivers to complete their documentation within the next 90 days.
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