The Lagos State government has tackled the looting of a warehouse containing COVID-19 palliatives, saying the food items were not stored for selfish reasons as widely believed.
State Acting Commissioner for Agriculture, Abisola Olusanya, said the food items donated by the private sector- led Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) were kept away for re-bagging as a means of ensuring accountability.
Olusanya noted that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu only recently on September 22, 2020, took formal receipt of the items from the CACOVID team for onward distribution to indigent residents.
In viral videos trending on social media, residents of the Amuwo-Odofin Local Government Area of Lagos State could be seen carting away the food palliatives from a warehouse in the LGA.
The food items include bags of rice, garri, beans, noodles, among others.
The residents had stormed the warehouse located on Benster Crescent, aka Monkey Village, in the MazaMaza Community of Amuwo-Odofin.
She also explained that contrary to popular beliefs, the warehouse is not state-owned and was only used to store the food items pending the completion of the re-bagging process.
“The government notes that the warehouse in question is not state-owned and its usage was made available to the CACOVID group.
“The state government was allowed to commence re-bagging of food items allotted to it from the quantities meant for South-West states.
“The re-bagging was being done to account for each beneficiary receipt as was required and monitored by the CACOVID team.
“The distribution was ongoing, but was halted due to protests, before the invasion of the warehouse today (Thursday),” she explained.