February 22, 2024

Hardship: Sanwo-Olu approves 25% discount on foodstuff purchased in Lagos


Gov Sanwo-Olu

.to engage 1,000 caterers for daily free meals for residents
.as govt opens soup kitchens across local govts
.announces free delivery in govt-owned hospitals

By Olasunkanmi Akoni

The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has approved 25 per cent off every purchase of foodstuff worth N25,000, as part of measures to cushion the economic hardship among masses in the state.

Also, the Lagos State government will be exploring three major avenues to ensure residents get affordable foodstuff to ease the economic burden on them.

Sanwo-Olu made the remarks on Thursday, during a special live media chat, tagged: “Sanwo Speaks,” held at the Lagos House, Marina, to intimate residents on steps being taken to reduce effects of the harsh economic realities on residents.

He said: “We will open soup kitchens/bowls where identified caterers (mama put) at least 1,000, will be employed across local government areas to feed those who need it, once daily.

“Beneficiaries will get vouchers to be able to access the kitchens. We will also be having food purchase and redistribution to people who need it, especially as we are currently expecting about 100 trailer loads of rice and grains.

“Also, we will be having Sunday markets in 42 identified markets where people can buy cheaply at discounted rates. Purchase will however be limited to N25,000 to ensure that those who really need it benefit from the initiative.

“Also, in the health sector, Sanwo-Olu announced free delivery in all general hospitals (normal and ceaserain section), and a rebate on certain medications, saying that six health districts “will be holding free health missions twice a week for the next three months.”

The governor also said certain registration requirements in public schools, like demand for tax clearance certificate, would be put on hold for meantime to accommodate more out-of-school children.