…As council chairman donates two vans to Police
By Evelyn Usman
Additional palliatives were distributed Friday, to over 300 residents of Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area of Lagos, to cushion the effect of the four weeks lockdown orders of the Federal Government, aimed at curtailing the spread of the Corona Virus pandemic.
The beneficiaries were mainly the aged, market women and indigents in the four communities that make up the local government.
As a measure to comply with the directive on social distancing, representatives of the communities and markets leaders were invited to the council on 24 road, Festac Town, where the palliatives which included rice, beans, noodles and other condiments were handed over to them for inward distribution to the end users.
Addressing journalists while handing the palliatives to representatives of the beneficiaries’ groups, the local government chairman, Mr. Valentine Buraimoh, disclosed that there had been previous phases of distribution, explaining that ” in the first phase, 100 families benefited and this is the second phase and we are reaching out to at least 300 families. The beneficiaries cut across the four communities that make up Amuwo Odofin and we are sharing to the community leaders, through the CDAs., associations youth groups and women group”.
Asked what measure was on ground to ensure the palliatives reached the concerned persons, he replied, ” the food relief is mainly for the poor, the vulnerable and aged. These are the people we are taking into cognisance and there is a structure of sharing on ground, to ensure it gets to them.
” Also, we have been monitoring the process of sharing , that is why there has been no rancour or news of fighting over food in Amuwo Odofin, as observed in other areas”.
He advised residents of Amuwo Odofin to observe the precautionary measures put in place to contain the spread of the virus, reminding that the decision to relax the lockdown did not suggest that the virus had been eradicated.
On the part of the council, he said, only those mandated by government’s directive should report to work, adding that while strict adherence would be ensured, face masks would be distributed to residents of the area.
He further disclosed that the council had donated two vans to the Area ‘E’ Police command, Festac, to assist in surveillance and patrol of the area, with a view to ensuring the security of life and property.
On their parts, Presidents, Amuwo Odofin Residents Association and Festac Residents Association, Prince Ayelara Adeleye and Mr Sola Fakorede, respectively, appreciated the local government chairman, for the gesture, saying it would go a long way to addressing hunger.
Though they said their rations would not be enough but noted that it would be a huge relief , especially to those who did not receive in the previous distributions.