From: Bamidele ashube, Abuja
THE Ekiti State Government on Monday announced it has completed plans to commence distribution of food items as part of palliatives for the COVID-19 lockdown.
The gesture, according to Dr. Kayode Fayemi, the Ekiti State Governor would go a long way to meeting needs of the people, even while observing the social distancing and lockdown.
“Today, we commenced the distribution of food items and other palliatives to citizens aimed at cushioning the stay-at-home order necessitated by the COVID19 pandemic,” he stated on his official twitter handle.
Aside from Ekiti state, Lagos state government has also commenced a similar project which commenced last week.
Bagged food items including rice, beans and a loaf of bread among other staple foods were packaged for delivery.
Though, the supports have largely been described inadequate, expectations are high that the state government would commence distribution to each households rather than reported single package for a street.
The Federal Government is also doing same through the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD).
So far, the government considered 70, 000 metric tons of food items released from the silos positioned across the country while it is to be distributed by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).