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COVID-19: Lagos State Government Emergency Food Response

Photo: Mariam Asunmo

Amidst the troubles and panic surrounding the not so new deadly virus in the world, “Corona Virus” (COVID-19), The Lagos state government under the order of the Federal Government of Nigeria has laid a compulsory sit at home law for her Residents to curtail the spread of the Corona virus.
In a bid to ensure that Lagosians do not go on a hunger strike during this period and ensuring a proper food security in Lagos State, the Lagos State Governor, His Excellency, Governor Babajide Sanwoolu has set in motion two means to help him enable this;
Food Response Stimulus package of 1 pack of 5kg rice, 5kg Garri, 3kg Beans, 2 loaves of Bread and 200g of dry pepper distributed to households in Indigent Communities.
He has also set up a neighborhood food market across the state to ensure families who cannot buy in bulk meet their nutritional demands.
Among the communities that enjoyed from this privilege is Odo Ayandelu in Ikosi Ejinrin Local Council Development Area, Epe, Lagos in Nigeria under the leadership of His Royal Majesty, Oba Bldr. Abdul Ganiyu Aderibigbe Asunmo, the Paramount Ruler of Odo Ayandelu Kingdom.
To avoid rifts in the community and ensure the food provided by the government gets to the appropriate families, His Royal Majesty, Oba Asunmo takes it upon himself to distribute the food allocated to his community in his palace maintaining adequate social distancing. Speaking with him, he explains that he ensured the old residents were considered first before every other person.

Photo: Mariam Asunmo

Apart from distributing the foods, His Royal Majesty, Oba Asunmo also enlightened the community on the risks of corona virus, how it can be avoided as well as what to do if any symptom is found. All of these was done in the local dialect of the community which is Yoruba to ensure that the message is well passed.
Below is a video of the distribution of food provided by His Excellency Governor Babjide Sanwoolu in Odo Ayandelu as well as words of appreciation from members of the community.


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