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Residents scamper for food in Lagos as stay at order takes effect

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As the lock-down in Lagos aimed at containing the spread of COVID-19 pandemic, some residents in Lagos, specifically Oshodi, Mafoluku, Ikeja yesterday took to the streets express dissatisfaction with the government over the lockdown. While they admitted that the government was right to lock down the state in order to curtail the virus, they said not providing support for the citizens will make it difficult to make people stay at home for two weeks.

Some residents in Ikeja, Lagos were sighted in by The Guardian rushing to get foodstuffs distributed by a group that identified herself as The Good Cultured People for Humanity.

The group led by the founder of PalmAfrika, Princess Adesuwa Obaseki, said they came out to distribute the items as they cannot watch while some citizens who can hardly get a square meal or who depends on feeding their families with what they get daily get starved.

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Speaking with The Guardian, Adesuwa said, “we are a group of few good cultured people who calm together to support people who will be indoor without food to eat. We felt there are people out there who live below the normal income rate per day; two weeks is a long time for someone who relies on getting his or her daily bread with daily sale, sitting down at home two weeks will get messed up so, we decided to put funds together and get some essential commodity such as Rice, Beans Garri, Noodles, Oil and Tomatoes paste, other things to make a good meal, and so far, we have shared to over 400 families.

We are not from the government, institution, we are just a group of people, and we call ourselves The Good Cultured people for Humanity.

“We have distributed to people in Bariga, and other areas. It’s not easy doing this but we will do as much as we can, and we will want to reach out to more people.

On her part, Olawole Omobolanle who is the Creative Director of Mo Afrique, said, “the two weeks lockdown is going to tell on a lot of people economy so, we decided to put our resources together to meet people needs and also to educate people on social distancing.

“I know what it means not to work for a day. I know what it means not to work for a day, it means hunger for a lot of people so, we feel that our efforts will go a long way. The feedback has been amazing.
Advising Nigerians to reach out to the less privileged, she said, “it’s a social responsibility, we are the government, the little you can give goes a long way.

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