The private sector – led Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) has handed over to Lagos State government food supply relief packages worth N1.4 billion for distribution to the indigent and elderly citizens of the state as part of measures to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
At the official handover ceremony in Lagos, the coalition said the food palliatives would cover 107,564 households in the state.
The CACOVID had announced its plan to feed over 1.7 million households cutting across the 774 local governments in the country to cushion the effect of the coronavirus pandemic and had gone ahead to deliver the food stuffs to some of the states for onward distribution to their citizens.
Speaking during the handover, CACOVID Lagos representative, who is also the head of corporate communication of Access Bank Plc, Amaechi Okobi, disclosed that the coalition had already provided support to the states and federal government in the public health front.
According to him, “CACOVID has provided testing support by providing testing kits, laboratories, medical supplies, isolation centres, training of the front-line medical personnel and grass roots awareness campaign. Having done all these we thought it right to provide relief packages to our country men, the poor and those most vulnerable in our communities.”
Amaechi told the state government to make the distribution seamlessly successful by constituting an Implementation committee chaired by the governor, in addition to also drawing up a list of the beneficiaries that is consistent with CACOVID objectives and organise each local government to collect allocations for the people.
Speaking on behalf of the state government, acting commissioner for agriculture, Ms. Abisola Olusanya, said the food items were meant for the indigent residents of the state and the elderly and that a single beneficiary would get each pack containing 10 kilograms of rice, five kilograms of garri, five kilograms of sugar, one kilogram of salt, two cartons of noodles (Indomie) and one carton of pasta, for his or her family.
According to the CACOVID team, Lagos State is supposed to receive 107,546 beneficiary packs for the indigents, the elderly, for those that do not have the wherewithal or the capacity to have food on their tables on a daily basis.
Olusanya said that in terms of the distribution modality, the state would borrow a leaf from the experience garnered during the lockdown period when it pioneered the distribution of over 50,000 food beneficiary packs.