Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Governor of Lagos State, at the launch of staple foods initiative in Lagos

COVID-19: Lagos provides foodstuffs to 200,000 households

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

In view of its recent directive for restriction to human and vehicular movement across the metropolis as a measure to curb the further spread of Coronavirus pandemic, the Lagos State Government has announced the provision of staple food items, such as rice, beans, garri, pepper and water to the indigent and most vulnerable in the society.

Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Governor of Lagos State, announced this at a media briefing in Lagos, Friday, March 27.

Governor Sanwo-Olu stated that the arrangement is part of efforts at cushioning the effects of the 14-day stay-at-home directive in response to the spread of COVID-19 disease.

He said the distribution of the “economic stimulus package” to the 200,000 is the first phase and is expected to last for a period of 14 days.

“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 the stay-at-home, stay-with-your-loved-ones will be respected,” Sanwo-Olu said.

According to him, “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”.

Meanwhile, the governor also announced that food banks will be provided at the various local governments starting from Saturday, March 28, 2020, to ease commuting of people to markets to get basic daily needs.

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