Coronavirus: Lagos To Provide Staple Foods To 200,000 Households

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Food items provided by to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 on households

LAGOS – The has announced that would be providing staple foods such as rice, beans, garri, pepper and water to the indigent and the most vulnerable in the society.

The state governor, Babajide announced this during a briefing on , saying that was part of efforts to cushion the effects of the 14-day stay-at-home directive, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the governor, this distribution of the “economic stimulus package” to the 200,000 is the first phase and is expected to last for a period of 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 . We would be giving bags of rice, bags of beans, 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 14 days just so advocacy around the stay at home, stay your loved ones will be respected,” said.

“This is a catalytic initiative of administration the hope that well-meaning corporate organisations and private individuals can step up to complement the efforts of the ”.

Meanwhile, the governor also announced that food will be provided at the various local governments starting from Saturday, March 28, 2020, to ease commuting of people to markets to basic daily needs.

As the of confirmed cases in the state has risen to 44 and a total of 65 in the country, the governor urged residents to refrain from gathering or congregating in order to reduce the risk of further spread.

In an earlier briefing on Tuesday, the governor stated that the accepted maximum for any congregation is 25 .

While civil servants in the state have been ordered to stay at home, to reduce the of people out on the roads, the governor urged private sector organisations to allow their non-essential staff to also work from home or resort to online where possible.