Lagos State government receives N1.4 billion CACOVID food palliatives
Plans distribution to 107,564 households
The Lagos State government said it would soon begin distribution of 107,546 food palliative packs worth N1.4 billion handed over to it by the Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) to Lagosians, especially the vulnerable and under privileged in the state.
The food items were received on behalf of the state government by Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the Lagos House, Alausa, in company of the Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat; Chief of Staff, Mr. Tayo Ayinde and the Acting Commissioner for Agriculture, Abisola Olusanya, among other state officials and representatives of CACOVID.
Sanwo-Olu later distributed part of the items to some of the beneficiaries who were present at the event. Olusanya, who spoke on behalf of the state government, said the food items were meant for the indigent residents of the state and the elderly.
She said that in terms of the distribution modalities, the state would borrow a leaf from the experience garnered during the lockdown period when it pioneered the distribution of over 50,000 food packs.
Also speaking, the state Co-ordinator of CACOVID, Mr. Amaechi Okobi, commended Sanwo-Olu for his leadership role in managing COVID-19 pandemic in Lagos State, saying: “We thank you for your support. We thank you for the tireless efforts you have put in to ensure things are going well as they have been going. There is no gainsaying that COVID-19 took us by surprise but with people like you supporting us, we would win this battle.”
He stressed further: “The efforts to get this food and palliatives are gigantic but to distribute the food items is even more because we know all the problems we would face. So, I ask on behalf of the CACOVID that you continue to support to ensure that every Nigerian that the commissioner mentioned gets these items.
“Without you Sir, we cannot do this. So, we are asking you to support us. We thank you for your efforts so far.”