The Lagos state government yesterday, at Emmanuel High Secondary school, Ojota distributed emergency food response stimulus packages to about 500 Artisans in Kosofe Local government.
The distribution of a truckload of emergency food response stimulus packages to the Artisans in Kosofe Local Government Area was overseen by Lagos state commissioner for Wealth creation and employment Hon. Yetunde Arobieke.
Hon. Arobieke in an interview explained that the gesture was aimed at cushioning the effects which the lockdown has brought to bear on the Artisans and to also encourage them to fully comply with the Government on covid-19.
She stated further that all artisans in Lagos state were entitled to receive the relief packages irrespective of states they may come from while at the same time assuring them of Governor Sanwo-Olu’s readiness to address the problems the association is encountering in the state.
The president General of Lagos State Council Of Tradesmen and Artisans (LASCOTA), Alhaji Nurudeen Buhari praised Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu and Hon. Afolabi Sofola for providing food stimulus package to Artisans in Lagos state and Kosofe Local Government during the lockdown.
He enthused that the humanitarian gestures would go a long way in assuaging the negative effects the lockdown is having on their members who have been prevented from working as a result of the lockdown
He therefore advised all Artisans to fully adhere to the directives of the Lagos state government to stay at home and protect themselves against coronavirous infection.
Meanwhile, pandemonium broke outside the venue of the stimulus package distribution when security personnel attached to the commissioner prevented some groups of people without LASCOTA identity cards and hoodlums from gaining entrance into the venue of the excercise.
Two truckloads of emergency stimulus packages meant to be shared to Artisans in Kosofe Local Government, Agboyi/ketu and Ikosi/Isheri were brought to the venue of the distribution.
But, while the excercise was going on smoothly, a large group of people without Artisan membership cards had however gathered in front of the gate where the excercise was taking place. They were later joined by a group of hoodlums who made strong attempts to break in and hijack the excercise.
When the commissioner saw this, she immediately ordered her security personnel comprising police and soldiers to quickly disperse them and guard the trucks to Agboyi/Ketu where the rest of emergency stimulus packages were shared.
As the security personnel were driving out with the commissioner they shot into the air. This led to pandemonium in Emmanuel High Street as some people ran helter-skelter while hoodlums tried to hijack the trucks.
However before pandemonium broke out, over 400 Artisans with membership identity cards in Kosofe Local Government Area had already been given emergency food response stimulus packages. The number could have been more if authentic members had turned up early.
The distribution was done in accordance with social distancing directives of the Government in order to forestall coronavirus spread.