- COVID-19: Sanwo-Olu to Support Lagosians With Food Packs
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has unveiled a state-sponsored program aimed at easing the burden of the fourteen days’ stay-at-home directive on the indigent and the most vulnerable in the commercial capital of the nation.
The program, which comes in food packs to be distributed to local governments, is aimed at reducing the impact of the stay at home directive on families and individuals that survives on daily incomes.
The governor, who speaks during an on-the-spot assessment of one of the State-owned food banks in Agege, said the food packs put together by the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives will reach the most vulnerable in the state.
He said: “We are here for an on-the-spot assessment, of our readiness, to see how we can fast track some of our stimulus package for our citizens. We are all aware that this is a trying time for our citizens and since the partial drop in economic activities, our government deemed it necessary to reach out to the vulnerable ones in society. These people are those that fall below the pyramid, the aged and the physically challenged who need to move from one part of the city to another for them to have a living. We felt that as a government, the least we can do is to identify them and give them these stimulus packages immediately.”
“We have packaged dry food stimulus for about two hundred thousand families in the first instance for a household of husband, wife and about four children. We would be giving bags of rice, bags of beans, garri, bread, dry pepper and we are trying to see if we can add water and some elements of vitamin C. Each ration, we believe is going to be able to last them at least minimum 14 days just so our advocacy around stay at home, stay with your loved ones will be respected.
“This is a catalytic initiative of our administration with the hope that well-meaning corporate organisations and private individuals can step up to complement the efforts of the government” Sanwo-Olu said.