Coronavirus: Residents fault Sanwo-Olu’s stimulus package

Coronavirus: Residents fault Sanwo-Olu’s stimulus package

- Some residents of Lagos state have criticised Governor Sanwo-Olu over his stimulus package

- The governor has promised that he would provide food packages for 200,000 people in the state to cushion the effect of COVID-19 lockdown

- A resident accused some leaders in the state of bias in the distribution of the food packages

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state has come under serious attacks by some residents over the distribution pattern of the stimulus packages to cushion the effect of coronavirus lockdown in the state.

Daily Trust reports that the residents expressed disappointment on the quantity of the items contained in the package, labelled ‘Lagos state government COVID-19 emergency food response’, which they argued negated what the governor promised. gathered that they also accused those distributing the package of bias, saying that it was gathered that some Community Development Associations (CDA) leaders got only a few packages that could go round the houses/families in the community and consequently refused to distribute the items in order to prevent confusion and quarrel among the people.

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The Lagos state government had unveiled an economic stimulus package for the indigent and most vulnerable people in the state to cushion the effects of the 14-day stay-at-home directive occasioned by the spread of the dreaded coronavirus disease in the state.

According to the governor, the stimulus, which comes in food packs, would be distributed to every local government in the state, targeting at least, 200,000 people in the first phase.

Coronavirus: Residents fault Sanwo-Olu’s stimulus package
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state
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He said the food packs would reach the most vulnerable communities and households, with an assurance to the indigents who relied on daily wages that they would be given priority in the distribution of the food packs.

“We have packaged dry food stimulus for about 200,000 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, 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 a household of husband, wife and about four children for, at least, a minimum of 14 days so that our advocacy around ‘stay at home’, ‘stay with your loved ones’ will be respected,” Sanwo-Olu said.

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The commissioner of agriculture, Prince Gbolahan Lawal, had also said that the government would be working with the existing database of the state, using the Lagos state residents register and 4,000 community development associations registers in 377 wards.

But some residents who did not get the packs have, however, accused the distributors of giving them to their party members and allies only, while some who were lucky to get alleged that the content of the bag was too small compared to what the governor promised.

A source in the ministry of agriculture told the newspaper that the ministry distributed the food items in each ward as it should and accused some middlemen of hijacking the distribution and not giving the appropriate quantity to the indigent people in the state.

The source said: “It is possible that those at the wards may not have taken the packs to the masses. It was later, after the distribution exercise that we discovered that all the food items and the quantity expected to be delivered to the people have been hijacked. The quantity we asked them to give was not what was given after all.

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“We also learnt that where the food was not sufficient, it was given to the elderly, and to religious organizations to distribute to their indigent members.

"To ensure the food gets to the appropriate people, another batch was distributed and the addresses provided for the Lagos State Residents Registration Agency (LASSRA) registration were used in calling the masses to confirm if they actually collected any food item."

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Meanwhile, had previously reported that some residents are running away from people who returned to Adamawa state from Abuja and Lagos for fear of contracting the pandemic coronavirus.

It was reported that Lagos and Abuja top the list of COVID-19 prevalence in Nigeria as the federal government struggles to prevent the spread of the disease.

Ali Kaka, a friend to Muhammed Atiku, the son of former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, who tested positive for the virus recently, said he was shocked when a group of his friends dispersed as he approached them days after he had returned from Abuja.

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