LAGOS – The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, took a proactive step on Sunday, September 3, by inaugurating the food distribution initiative, to give out food items to vulnerable households, in response to the recent removal of fuel subsidies by the Federal government. This move is part of the Lagos Food Bank Programme, aimed at mitigating the economic challenges faced by Lagos residents.
The initiative comes as a response to the soaring transportation costs and food prices across the state, stemming directly from the federal government’s fuel subsidy removal policy.
Governor Sanwo-Olu’s administration has introduced various social and economic intervention programs to alleviate these hardships.
Among the measures already in place are a 50% reduction in transportation costs within the government-owned bus system and free health services for pregnant women in government hospitals.
At the launch of the Lagos Food Bank Programme, Governor Sanwo-Olu emphasized that it will directly benefit 500,000 households. He highlighted the involvement of more than 2,500 Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) engaged in bag manufacturing, food aggregation, packaging, and logistics.
Additionally, over 25,000 employees of these MSMEs will indirectly benefit from the program.
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Governor Sanwo-Olu assured Lagosians that rigorous measures have been put in place to ensure that the distributed items reach their intended recipients.
The program aims to assist 500,000 vulnerable households in the state by providing bulk food items (50kg Rice, 50kg Gami, and 100kg Beans) for groups and food boxes (10kg Rice, 5kg Gami, and 5kg Beans) for individual vulnerable households.