The Lagos State government has introduced a new scheme as part of measures to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 lockdown extension in the state.
This was revealed on Tuesday by Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu who at a media briefing on the update of COVID-19 pandemic informed that the state government plans to feed no fewer than 100,000 youths daily.
The governor noted that food kitchens in all the councils in the state with a target to provide one meal per day to 100,000 youths would be open, adding further that the state government would continue to roll out various palliatives to cushion the effect of the lockdown on citizens.
He said; “I am pleased today to announce additional palliatives for our citizens to further ameliorate the inconvenience occasioned by this extended lockdown.
“In the first instance, we will be rolling out measures. In the next couple of days, we will commence a daily ”Food Kitchen” programme, which will see us aim to feed about 100,000 people daily.
“This will largely target youths.
“We are identifying local food vendors who will pilot this programme, and ensure that the process of cooking and serving of the meals adhere strictly to public health guidelines,” he said.
According to him, the government is also cleaning up its data from the various social registers to get a clean list of truly vulnerable and economically challenged persons to enable it remit some cash to them.
The governor said that the state government intends to do the cash transfers by the end of the week to a minimum of 250,000 indigent citizens.
Sanwo-Olu said that an order had been issued to the Police, LASTMA and the VIO to release all impounded vehicles arrested for minor traffic offences from March 1, 2020 to date.
He said that this directive took effect following the end of the initial lockdown.
The governor said; “I am also pleased to announce that all the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) who have taken the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) loans and other government programme loans will enjoy a three months moratorium.
”This will further help to cushion the effect of the lack of economic activities occasioned by the lockdown,” the governor said.
According to Sanwo-Olu, when the first stay-at-home directive was given, a welfare package for the indigents and vulnerable segment of the society was announced, which encountered some hitches.
Speaking further, the governor said in the first and second phases of the programme, the government was able to reach over 200,000 households, which include the vulnerable, physically challenged and the elderly.
”During this time as well, we were also able to feed a large number of the organised informal sector; junior members of the military and police force in Lagos, as well as minimum wage earners in the state’s public service.
”As you are also aware, we announced a medical palliative for all those that need to access medical care during this lockdown, as well as free childbirth services for expectant mothers.
“I am pleased to announce that over 18,000 people have accessed free medical services in line with this directive.
“We have recorded over 600 childbirths, all free of charge,” he added.
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