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#BREAKING: Promise Kept: Sanwo-Olu Delivers Free Food to 500,000 Lagos Households Through Eko Cares

Headlinenews.news reports that yesterday, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu declared that he had upheld his commitment to support the vulnerable during the global economic challenges. According to a statement released yesterday, the governor made this announcement amidst a jubilant crowd of community leaders, workers, and Lagos residents during the public unveiling of Eko Cares, a comprehensive framework encompassing all social interventions introduced by the government. The event took place at the Governor’s Office premises in Alausa, Ikeja.

Sanwo-Olu elaborated, stating, “We have honored the pledges we made during the Media Chat in February, assuring that we will not abandon the vulnerable members of our society, especially in terms of healthcare, transportation, and education. We established 59 markets, transforming them into Sunday markets, and delivered on our promise to sell food at a discounted rate of 25 percent. The medical outreach, slated to commence next week at the latest, aims to provide medical attention to citizens who may not have access to hospitals. Medication and counseling will be provided. Additionally, the 25 percent fare discount on our ferry services, buses, and trains remains in place.”

Furthermore, he announced, “Today, we embark on a mission to reach 500,000 households. What we have accomplished so far is just the beginning. The ultimate goal is to ensure that food insecurity is eradicated among the less privileged.” He commended President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s economic measures and urged citizens to play their part in the collective effort.

Sanwo-Olu emphasized, “It is evident that positive changes are underway. We must acknowledge the President’s intervention, as he has distributed grains to all 36 states, including Lagos. We will distribute ours accordingly. The President has taken proactive steps to address the challenges posed by the currency fluctuations. We have witnessed a rebound, with the currency gaining strength. The Naira is now regaining its rightful position. Therefore, we must ensure that the prices of essential commodities, such as garri and beans, remain stable, unaffected by currency fluctuations. Even diesel prices are decreasing. There is no excuse for price hikes. We must uphold the principle of being our brother’s keeper.”

Regarding the distribution of food items, Sanwo-Olu stated that they would be distributed through religious leaders, Community Development Associations, Trade Unions, and grassroots organizations, cautioning against hoarding. He also confirmed the continuation of the Sunday Market initiative.

Addressing the issue of minimum wage, Sanwo-Olu assured, “We have engaged with the Unions, and I am confident that soon, a new minimum wage will be approved for both federal and state governments. Since January, public officers in Lagos have been receiving a minimum wage of N35,000, a significant increase from their previous earnings. This government is committed to providing support during these challenging times, ensuring the welfare of its citizens, and fostering a conducive environment for a decent livelihood.”

The Governor acknowledged and praised the Special Dispensation Advisory Committee members for their voluntary service and requested them to stand up. Agriculture Commissioner Bisola Olusanya led the Governor in inspecting the food items, showcasing the contents of the food boxes.

In his welcome address, Commissioner for Information Gbenga Omotoso commended Sanwo-Olu for his initiatives, portraying him as a leader who stands by his word. He highlighted that ‘Eko Cares’ was designed for the vulnerable and affirmed that Sanwo-Olu’s administration has positively impacted the lives of all Lagosians. “The launch of Eko Cares demonstrates the administration’s commitment to supporting the less fortunate,” Omotoso concluded.

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