The Federal Government on Friday handed over 6,000 bags of rice and two truckloads of vegetable oil to the Lagos State government for distribution to the poor and the vulnerable in the state to cushion the effect of coronavirus pandemic.
Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Sadiya Umar Farouq, who was on a visit to the state, handed over the consignments to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
The minister, while speaking at the Nigerian Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit, Zone A, Ikeja, where the event took place, said the handing over followed the directive from President Muhammadu Buhari to receive the items from the service for onward transmission to the states affected by Covid 19 and other states of the federation.
“We are handing over part of the items to Lagos State, we are handing over 6,000 bags of rice of 50kg and two trucks of vegetable oil to the state govt for distribution to the poor and the vulnerable in the society,” Hajia Umar Farouq said.
Earlier, the minister, who met Governor Sanwo-Olu at the State House, Marina, told newsmen that her team was on a visit to Lagos to pay a solidarity visit to government and people of Lagos State on this unfortunate COVID 19 Pandemic that was affecting citizens of Lagos and Nigeria at large.
According to her, the visit was also to follow up on the directive of the president to give out palliative to the affected state, including Lagos and Ogun as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) that have been locked down by the Federal Government to curb the spread of Coronavirus otherwise called COVID-19, adding that it was also an opportunity to flag off the TraderMoni and MarketMoni intervention of the Federal Government which had been in existence for some time.
“We are bringing food relief in term of rice and condiment and secondly we want also flag off the TraderMoni and MarketMoni intervention of the Federal Government. The programme that has been in existence for some time,” she said.
Governor Sanwo-Olu, on behalf of the people and government of Lagos State, expressed appreciation to President Buhari for “continuing to be the father of the nation and for leading the nation at this time.”