If you live anywhere near a Lagos market cluster, then you probably need to read this.
The post lockdown announcement delivered by Governor Babajide Sanwo Olu featured a few clear-cut directives; some were heartwarmingly welcomed while a few others were just annoyingly inconvenient.
The one about Lagos market opening schedule for instance is a definite downer. Markets are to be open only on the following days; Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Yeah, that’s it. Three days in a week.
That’s not all. The market opening directive comes with a specific timing too. 9-3pm is all the time you’ve got to make your culinary dreams come true.
And while that is not some sort of conspiracy on our collective freedom rights, it is somewhat daunting to know that you can’t simply make the usual spontaneous decision to just hit the market at a moment’s notice. Some sort of planning is now required on your part.
Also, the new market opening schedule is more inconvenient if you take into consideration the fact that workplaces have partially opened up post lockdown and the new ‘Government allocated’ work times ( 9-3pm) coincides perfectly with the market times.
So if by some unfortunate event, you miss a particular market day, your option would be to wait for another one day in-between, before you are cleared for market duties again.
But not all regions are observing the rules to the letter. Some have added their own unique spin to the clear-cut instructions. The Ajah/Badore axis for instance is touting market days as Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays. When asked why the three day gulf in-between was necessary, a market woman from the region simply shrugged.
“Oga, dem no give us any reason,” she responded quietly, probably now wondering why none of them bothered to ask.
For those certified rule breakers thinking about flaunting the market directive, there are a group of no-smiling, area-based enforcers on ground primed to ‘punish’ defaulters of the market rules.
But no one seems to be in a rule-breaking-mood though. They are just grateful that they get a chance, howbeit slim, to market their wares considering the fact that they have been constantly discouraged to open up activities in full pre-lockdown.
The truth is that we all have to make some level of sacrifice in these times for things to work, even if we lose some quality shopping time over it.
This article was written by Henri ‘Yire; connect on Instagram with him here