By Akubor Enemama
Yesterday as I sat at the gate of the Lagos state emergency market at the Ikeja centre located at Ikeja Primary school GRA. My thought was that woa! woa! woa !, what a laudable program, policy and intervention by a masses caring Sanwo-olu government aimed at cautioning the effect of the lockdown and sit at home policy by the federal govt aimed at stopping the spread of the deadly convid 19 viruses.
All that was in my thought and common sense thinking as well as many others were that it would be a regulated market with economic reasonable or cheaper, or government-regulated prices that will favour the masses.
After several hours of waiting and having an unwanted cognitive romance with the sun and the unfriendly dusty environ, the sales finally began, that was when we finally realised that we are into a real economic realistic film authored by a cabal of conspiracy against the masses.
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First, I and many other discovered the prices obtainable at the emergency market was 10 -12% higher than those in the ordinary market, as a result, many could not afford those goods and left for home dejected and frustrated after hours of romancing the sun.
Secondly, there was a missing link between supply and demand.what the masses expected was not what was supplied.mostly of the item supplied were supermarket bond, not the masses bond as expected. Our dear ijebu garri, amala, olugbo, local rice,ofada rice, cow meat, egusi,ogbono etc were visibly absent from the stand. All we see is just is peak milk, Milo,indomie, packaged garri, etc.
Third, to me, I see the emerging markets as not a policy or intervention aimed to alleviate the pains of the masses, but a policy aimed at empowering some economic cabals by men in authority or some private interest via exploitation of masses using higher prices and taking advantage of the prevailing unwanted socio-economic situation and disorder.
At this point in time, I have a simple question for our dear elected governor who we elected and gave power, authority and legitimacy, whether the Lagos state convid-19 emergency food market was created for the exploitation of the masses via exposing the masses to cheap market forces via higher prices of goods or it is an intervention aimed at alleviating the effect of the lockdown via providing not only good but necessary goods at affordable prices
If the policy is aimed at exploitation, Mr Sanwo-olu, Lagosian never bargained for it, but if it is for alleviating the suffering of the masses, then the government should step in inform of having a price control mechanism in those markets as well as ensure that the necessary and people demands are supplied to those markets
Our governor, Sanwo-olu, exploitation we never bargain, but good governance and social-economic and humanitarian development we thought and Bargained for.
ENEMAMA SAM AKUBOR 07065326957