Lagos Says Food Blockade From North To South Will Not Lead To A Crisis

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The Lagos State Government has revealed to Lagosians that food blockage from North to South won’t prompt food emergency in the State.

“There is no requirement for tension,” Lagos State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso, guaranteed Lagosians.

“Food security is ensured, regardless of the emergency,” he added.

Speaking as a guest on “Day by day Digest with Jimi Disu”, a program on Nigerian Info 99.3FM, on Tuesday, Omotoso said the public authority was not uninformed of the food supply circumstance and guaranteed residents that it would not be permitted to turn into an emergency.

Asked what the government was doing about the matter, he replied: “The government is aware of the situation and Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu is on top of it. He has initiated steps to ensure the matter is resolved by the weekend.”

Told that the situation should not go on till the weekend as food prices were rising, the Commissioner replied: “I assure you Governor Sanwo-Olu is on top of the matter. There will be a meeting. He will tell both sides to embrace peace in the interest of all.’’

He also urged residents to “take it easy” as Lagos State would continue to put facilities in place to ensure self-sufficiency in food production and supply.

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The crisis emanated from the clash of traders in Ibadan. Food and cattle merchants from the North have withheld supplies, an action that has sparked rising prices. Lagos consumes at least 50% of agricultural products in Nigeria.

On the return of Lekki Concession Company(LCC) to the Lekki Toll Gate, the Commissioner said that contrary to the misconception in some circles, the facility will not resume tolling soon, considering its destruction during the #EndSARS riots.

He envisaged that it would take months before the toll gate could be put in shape for full operations.

“Even then, there will be a better tolling system, with the use of technology,” Omotoso said.

He said repairs would leverage technology for better travel experience to eliminate time wastage and what the anchor of the programme, Mr. Jimi Disu, describes as “stress”.

Omotoso assured Lagosians that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu would not do anything to make Lagosians uncomfortable – in reply to a question that the toll gate was “causing stress”.

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