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Sanwo-Olu announces feeding programme for 100,000 youths

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Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday announced a daily food kitchen programme to feed at least 100,000 youths in the state.

“In the next couple of days we will commence what we call a daily food kitchen programme, which will be an attempt to feed 100,000 youths,” Sanwo-Olu said in a press briefing.

“This we believe will meet some of the immediate challenges that we have seen in the street,” he added.

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The governor also said there will also be “unconditional cash transfer to 250,000 vulnerable residents and economically challenged persons” who have identification numbers with Lagos State Residents Registration Agency.

Sanwo-Olu also ordered the immediate release of all private and commercial vehicles impounded for minor traffic offences by the police, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority and Vehicle Inspection Agency from March 1, 2020 to date.

Lagos is the epicenter of the coronavirus in Nigeria with 214 from Nigeria’s total case of 373.

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In an attempt to curb the spread of the virus in the state, Nigerian Government announced a lockdown in the state and its neighboring state, Ogun State. The government also locked down Abuja.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari first put the lockdown in place on March 29 but announced a 14-day extension during a national broadcast on Monday evening.

Buhari said it was crucial to extend the lockdown due to an “alarming” increase in positive cases in a number of states.

“It is a matter of life and death,” Buhari said of the broadcast.

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Sanwo-Olu also said “the additional 14 days extension will afford the frontline health workers to ramp up contact identification, testing, and admission of suspected and confirmed cases.”

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