COVID-19: Sanwo-Olu Rolls Out Economic Stimulus Targeting 200,000 Households In The State

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has announced an economic stimulus package for the indigent and the most vulnerable Lagosians.

The package unveiled on Friday targets 200, 000 households in the first phase.

The Governor disclosed the plan after an on-the-spot assessment of one of the State-owned food banks, located inside the premises of the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives in Agege.

He explained that the stimulus, which comes in food packs, to be distributed to every local government in the State, is aimed at cushioning the effect of the fourteen days stay-at-home directive.

The food packs are produced for a size of six people per household and would last for at least fourteen days, according to the governor.

The Governor said the food packs, which were put together by the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives will reach the most vulnerable communities and households across Lagos, stressing that the indigents who rely on daily wages will be given priority.

His wordsx the society.

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“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.’’

Governor Sanwo-Olu also hinted that there was a possibility of complete lockdown of the state depending on how the number of infected persons in the state progresses.

For now, however, he said the state was doing well.

As at Friday night, the number of confirmed cases in the state stood at 44, the highest in the country.