Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State on Wednesday, April 8; clarified the mode of distribution of the state government’s relief package.
Sanwo-Olu further stated that it is not meant for all residents of the state.
This comes in the aftermath of numerous criticism as many residents alleged bias and lies in its distribution.
The welfare package is one of the decisions taken by the Lagos State Executive Council to ease the discomfort that the lockdown announced by the federal government has visited on residents; especially the poor ones who earn daily income.
However, Sanwo-Olu, giving an update on the issue, re-emphasised that the first stage of the welfare package was designed to cater for 200,000 households.
This comprises a father, mother and four children only; across the 20 local governments and 37 local council development authorities (LCDA).
He further explained the package was targeted at only indigent and vulnerable members of the society; and disclosed that about 100,000 households across the state had been reached since the exercise started.
He said, “All aged residents who are above 60 years of age and are 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.”
Sanwo-Olu said that the relief materials for those above 60 years were being delivered directly to them by representatives of the state government; based on the data with LASRRA.
He also stated the other category of beneficiaries comprised the indigent; and also vulnerable in 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 (CDAs) 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,” he said.
Confirming that the state government had observed some lapses that gave rise to the negative comments about the distribution on some social media platforms, Sanwo-Olu assured the residents that the problems identified were being addressed and the distribution strategies being fine-tuned.