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Lockdown: Lagos gives rundown of beneficiaries of relief package

Lagos State government on Monday gave a rundown of beneficiaries of its stimulus package to cushion the effects of the lockdown as a way of averting the spread of deadly coronavirus.

The State Commissioner for Information & Strategy, Mr. Gbenga  Omotoso, gave the rundown in a statement he signed and made available to journalists.

He explained the need to make the clarification was as a result of misconception being expressed on social media.

The Commissioner further stated that out of 200,000 households for the first phase of the package, “about 100,000 households across the State have been reached since the exercise started.

“Lagosians should remain confident that the State Government is working to ensure that the lapses are addressed so that the vulnerable who Governor Babajide Sanwo- Olu said will not suffer will benefit from this laudable intervention”.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the first stage of the welfare package was designed to cater for 200,000 households, comprising a father, mother  and four children across the 20 local governments and the 37 local council development authorities. It is a misconception that it was meant for all Lagosians. No.

“All aged residents who are above 60 years old and registered with the Lagos State Residents’ Registration Agency, LASRRA, were sent text messages and requested to confirm the accuracy of their details, such as name and home address. They have since responded to the text messages so as to benefit from the package.

“The food relief materials for the above 60 group are being delivered directly to the beneficiaries by representatives of the State Government based on the data with the Lagos State Residents Registration Agency.

“The other category of beneficiaries comprises the indigent and vulnerable within the various communities at the grassroots.

“As part of strategies to ensure that the relief packages reach the deserving beneficiaries, the State government involved Community Development Associations and their Committees as well as Community and Religious Leaders to collate the names of community members who deserve to benefit from the palliative measure.

“The CDAs were also tasked to ensure the items were judiciously distributed.

“The government is constantly monitoring the process and has observed some lapses that gave rise to the negative comments on some social media platforms.

“The issues are being addressed to fine-tune the strategies adopted in getting the food items across to the intended recipients of the package”, the Commissioner said.

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