The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Friday inspected the COVID-19 Emergency Food Response by the Lagos Government at the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Agege Lagos State.
The plant was inspected alongside his Special Adviser on Agriculture, Ms. Abisola Olusanya and the Commissioner for Agriculture, Prince Gbolahan Lawal.
Prior to the inspection, Governor Sanwo-Olu had announced that the state plan an economic stimulus package for the vulnerable and indigent in the state aimed at cushioning the effects of various stringent measures to curb the spread of the disease, considered as epi-center.
National Sportslink gathered that the governor has signed Emergency Coronavirus Pandemic Bill 2020 into law. The state House of Assembly had on Thursday, passed the Coronavirus Bill 2020 for Governor’s assent.
The governor spoke and asserted his signature to the bill into law on Friday, while addressing newsmen on the update of COVID-19 management in the state, held at Lagos House, Marina, Lagos Island.
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, saying that the indigents who rely on daily wages will be given priority.
The governor stated that the package will touch at least 200,000 households in the first phase, saying the food packs are produced for the size of six people per household and would last for at least 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, cassava flakes (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 of 14 days just so our advocacy around stay at home, stay will your loved ones will be respected.
‘’This is a catalytic initiative of our administration with the hope that well-meaning corporate organizations and private individuals can step up to complement the efforts of the government’’
Governor Sanwo-olu explained that the state government would be working with the existing database of the state using the Lagos State Social register and 4000 community development association register in 377 wards for the distribution at first instance.
On the Coronavirus Bill 2020, Sanwo-Olu said, it would further enhance the measures already put in place to tackle the challenges of COVID-19 spread in the state.