Many health problems encountered today arising from consumption of unsafe food items are not new as they date far back in history. Contamination of food and feeds arising from chemical contaminants, poor hygiene, and zero compliance to COVID-19 guidelines could have deleterious effects in the society.
This is why the Director of Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs, Mr. Ogunjobi Raymond Olatunji, accompanied by Messrs Seriki Shamsideen, Akindele Olabode, Samsa Bashir and Mrs. Bola Adefisayo, came on a market inspection trip to check the state of Yaba markets in response to Covid-19 protocols and the environment of the markets themselves, and the general state of the local government at large.
Mr. Ogunjobi “There is a reward for hard work. We are here to inspect which market is the best in terms of maintaining cleanliness and compliance with COVID-19 protocols and recognise such markets for their diligence in maintaining a proper hygiene.”
He further said, “We will be visiting three markets and any one of these that fails to comply with the laid down regulations will be put under lock and key immediately.”
Mr. Ogunjobi then extolled the virtues of Yaba community saying, “From my experience, Yaba is one of the places where rules and regulations are strictly adhered to and this is why it is one of the recognised local councils at the state level.”
In her response, the Iyaloja-General of Yaba LCDA, Mrs. Owolabi Oluwayemi, praised the government of Yaba LCDA for its help in distributing free facemasks among market men and women, and steps that have been taken internally to ensure strict compliance with safety rules.
“Ever since the markets were declared open after the lockdown, the Yaba LCDA administration ensured that every trader adhered to the COVID-19 safety guidelines by donating free facemasks among market men and women.
“We also go out as a team to inspect and monitor our markets to ensure that food vendors maintain a high standard of hygiene.”