Lagos residents need empowerment , not food packs, LP tells Gov Sanwo-Olu

The Labour Party (LP) in Lagos State has urged the state government to prioritise the provision of life-impacting infrastructure and empowerment  over distribution of food  palliatives,for sustainable development.

The Lagos State LP Publicity Secretary, Mrs Olubunmi Odesanya made the  call  in a statement issued  on Thursday in Lagos.

The state government had  on Wednesday unveiled the distribution of food packs to 500,000 households under its Eko Cares social intervention programme.

Reacting ,Odesanya called on Sanwo-Olu to rather focus on building  infrastructure and empowering  vulnerable residents to be self-reliant.

“We keep wondering why the APC government is fond of giving people fish rather than teaching the people how to fish? How many Lagos residents will benefit from these food packs?

“A cursory indicator of the population of entire Lagos State shows that the smallest local government area in the State has well over one million poor and vulnerable households.

“Why can’t the APC government provide infrastructure that will enable families purchase their food on their own or will it be palliatives forever?

“Labour Party wants to know how these food packs will be distributed and those that will benefit,” the LP spokesperson said.

Odesanya advised Sanwo-Olu to embark on infrastructural development that would add value to the lives of the people.

“Labour Party would rather desire that the Lagos State Government make remarkable progress in generating its own power/electricity with the vast resources at its disposal.

“This food pack distribution is not only susceptible to corrupt tendencies but is a limited time measure.

“Lagos Labour Party disagrees that food pack distribution is the only social intervention programme that is available for the citizens,” she said.

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