By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
Lagos State Government on Sunday said that it is using the no fewer than 4,000 registered Community Development Association (CDAs), Non Governmental Organisations and Religious leaders to distribute the economic stimulus package for the indigent and the most vulnerable in the society unveiled by the State Government on Friday.
The stimulus, which comes in food packs, to be distributed to every local government in the State is aimed at cushioning the effects of the fourteen days stay-at-home directive by the State Government.
The State Commissioner for Agriculture, Prince Gbolahan Lawal who disclosed this in Lagos today explained that since the execerise began on Friday, six local government areas including Eti-Osa, Oshodi Isolo, Epe, Badagry, Agege and Ibeju Lekki have received their stimulus packages adding that the remaining local government areas would be covered within the next 10days. He noted that the stimulus packages, coupled with the flagging-off of the neighborhood food markets in 25 selected schools was part of efforts to ameliorate the suffering residents might experience during the restriction exercise in the state.
Lawal stressed that the stimulus package is quite unique and different from many that are been posted on the social media, adding that the State Government’s package is seal and branded.
” If you receive any produce from any other source that is not branded, they are not from us. Our rice is a sealed 5kg bag. Our garri is 5kg, sealed, beans 3kg sealed. Other finished products are also coming like satchet pepper, tomatoes and onions. That is what the state government is giving out”.
“So far, six local governments have received their packages. I want to assure Lagosians that if you are yet to get the relief package, they are on their way. The people are supposed to be in their local government and in their homes,” he said.
He urged residents to exercise patient as the stimulus package would get to the targeted people just as he urged them to maintain social distancing and good personal hygiene to reduce the spread of corona virus in the state,
“Again, it is important for us to let Lagosians know that social distancing is something we want to be advocating, people should just relax, the food will get to them because we understand what the economic situation is.
“It is also important for us to make clarity about the economic stimulus package initiated by Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu to see how we can bring succor; the social safety net for indigent communities and vulnerable households in Lagos state.
“I am sure you are aware that 200,000 households in the first instance have been earmarked and we are working with the community development associations, religious leaders and organisations, councilors and non-governmental organisations in collaboration with the state government officials to ensure that we get the package to the indigent communities”, the Commissioner opined.
He therefore advised all residents of the State to take individual responsibility during this restrictive period by acting positively so that the chain of COVID-19 transmission could be broken in the State.