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LASG to reach more households with palliatives Lebanese community donates N82.5m ambulance, food items ...state opens secretariat for senior civil servants

The Lagos State government says it will be extending palliatives to many more households notwithstanding the gradual easing of the lockdown.

The government disclosed that over 440, 000 households have been reached through its COVID-19 Emergency Food Response Initiative, promising that more residents will benefit from the economic stimulus as distribution will continue in days and weeks ahead.

Meanwhile, some offices at the state secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja, were opened on Tuesday, as civil servants from directorate cadre (level 15-17) resumed for work after more than five weeks of lockdown).

Notwithstanding the resumption, however, the sprawling secretariat remained largely scanty, just as those who reported at work closed earlier than 3pm and were seen driving out.

The state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, had on Sunday evening, while giving an update on developments relating to the coronavirus pandemic, directed public servants on grade level 15 to 17 to resume on Tuesday, May 5 while those from grade level 14 to zero should continue to work from home pending a review of the gradual easing of the COVID-19 lockdown in two weeks.

Gbolahan Lawal, the state commissioner for agriculture, who spoke with journalists on Tuesday after taking delivery of truck-loads of food items and an ambulance all valued at N82.5 million, donated by the Lebanese Community in Lagos, said government would distributing more palliatives to the vulnerable. He said due diligence had been followed in identifying and distribution of the food items to those who really need them.

According to Lawal, the pandemic had a negative effect on the financial and economic status of Lagosians, hence the state government started the Emergency Food Response Initiative to cater for the aged, vulnerable, people living with disabilities, and daily income earners who might have been affected by the lockdown.

Items donated by the Lebanese Community include the ambulance, 1,848 cartons of Aquafina water, 105 cartons of sanitizers, 350 cartons of noodles, 100 cartons of 1kg rice, 120 cartons of margarine, 1,000 cartons of Supreme noodles, 1667 cartons of biscuits, 300 cartons of chips, soya oil, 1,000 cartons of semovita and 1,000 cartons of spaghetti among many others.

The Consul General of Lebanon, Elias Nicolas, who presented the donation to the government on behalf of the community, commended the state government for the efforts made so far to contain and combat the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

Faysal El Khalil, the chairman, Lebanese Community in Lagos, noted that the donation was a token of appreciation for their country of choice, Nigeria, which has accepted them as citizens.

El Khalil said Nigeria has provided many members of the Lebanese community opportunities that have helped them build a good and bright future for themselves and grandchildren.


Joshua Bassey & Seyi John Salau

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