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Lagos initiates food kitchen for youths



… To feed youths daily

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 yesterday by Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu  at a media briefing on the update of COVID-19 pandemic.

  According to him, 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.

  “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.

  The governor also said they were cleaning up data from the various social registers to get a clean list of truly vulnerable and economically challenged persons to enable it to remit some cash to them.

This, he said, was to enable the state government do cash transfers by the end of the week to a minimum of 250,000 indigent citizens.

  “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,” the governor said.

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