Lockdown: We'll open food kitchens in 57 councils, feed 100,000 youths daily - Sanwo-Olu declares

Lockdown: We'll open food kitchens in 57 councils, feed 100,000 youths daily - Sanwo-Olu declares

- Lagos state government has pledged to cushion the effects of coronavirus lockdown on the residents

- Governor Sanwo-Olu said on Tuesday, April 14, that his government would open food kitchens in 57 councils across the state to feed 100,000 people on a daily basis

- Sanwo-Olu also said that cash would be distributed to 250,000 vulnerable residents of the state

In its efforts to cushion the effect of coronavirus lockdown on the residents, the Lagos state government has introduced a new scheme that would alleviate people's suffering.

The Cable reports that the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who made this known on Tuesday, April 14, during a briefing at the State House, Marina, said the government would open food kitchens in all the councils in the state with a target to provide one meal per day to 100,000 youths.

He said: “There will also be unconditional cash transfer to 250,000 vulnerable residents and economically challenged persons who have identification numbers with Lagos State Residents Registration Agency.”

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Legit.ng gathered that the governor also ordered the immediate release of all private and commercial vehicles impounded from March 1, for minor traffic offences by the police, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority and Vehicle Inspection Agency to date.

Lockdown: We'll open food kitchens in 57 councils, feed 100,000 youths daily - Sanwo-Olu declares
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state
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The governor urged for calm among residents, saying, “The additional 14 days extension will afford the frontline health workers to ramp up contact identification, testing, and admission of suspected and confirmed cases.”

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that following President Buhari's order to extend coronavirus lockdown by another 14 days, the Ogun state government pledged to ensure compliance with the directive.

It was reported that this was announced by Governor Dapo Abiodun in a press statement issued by his chief press secretary, Kunle Somorin, and made available to journalists on the evening of Tuesday, April 14.

It also declared that effective from Saturday, April 18, it was going to be ‘total lockdown’ in the state.

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The governor commended President Buhari for providing the necessary leadership especially for the federal government’s efforts to combat the deadly coronavirus in the country.

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Abiodun enjoined the citizens and residents of the state to endure the 14-day extension of the lockdown in the state and consider it a “necessary sacrifice to defeat an invisible and deadly enemy that requires its victims as unwitting vectors of its deadly venom.”

In another report, Nigeria’s minister of foreign affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, said the country does not have the capacity and resources to bring back Nigerians in the Diaspora who want to come home immediately due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The report revealed that globally, many people including Nigerians are stranded in various countries not of their origin due to the lockdown in most of the world's major cities.

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He also said that the Nigerian government is currently liaising with some airlines as well as the Nigerian Emergency Management Agency, to ensure the safe arrival of Nigerian citizens abroad.

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