Economic Hardship: Lagos to engage ‘mama put’ to feed 1,500 people in each LGA daily

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State

The Lagos State Government says it will engage canteens locally known as Mama Put to feed between 1,000 to 1,500 residents daily in each of the local government areas of the state.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State said this on Thursday during a media chat, explaining that the move is part of measures to cushion the impacts of the rising cost of living in the country which has sparked protests in several cities.

“The third level will be that we are not going to do what we call, you know, the soup bowl; the soup kitchen. We did it also during COVID-19,” the governor said during the briefing.

“We want to identify Mama Put and caterers. We want to be able to feed between 1,000 and 1,500 in every local government per day, you know, at the first instance, for the next you know, 30 to 60 days.

“So let’s watch out for the logistics. You know, we are identifying, the caterers already. You know, funds will be sent to them, and they will have vouchers to show that just people just walk in, you know, and just give them something to eat, one a day, And let’s just continue on that.”

Transport Slash

Aside from the soup kitchens, Governor Sanwo-Olu also announced a 25 per cent reduction on all public transportation in the state owing to the removal of fuel subsidy which has skyrocketed the costs of transportation among others.

“We started something last year in August when we had a 50% reduction on all public transportation. It stopped towards the end of the year when things resumed back but now I think transport cost is a major thing for our citizens,” the governor said.

“Almost immediately from this weekend, we’re throwing back a 25% reduction on all public transportation. We’re working with the various unions to ensure that we also can support them. But on our BRT, on our trains, on our ferry services, you going to begin to enjoy that almost immediately from this weekend. I’ve given an instruction, so they are working on the logistics for that.”