COVID-19: Lagos Govt To Provide Staple Foods To 200,000 Households


The Lagos State Government has announced that it would be providing staple foods such as rice, beans, garri, pepper and water to the indigent and the most vulnerable in the society.

The state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu announced this during a briefing on Friday, saying that it was part of efforts to cushion the effects of the 14-day stay-at-home directive, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the governor, this distribution of the “economic stimulus package” to the 200,000 is the first phase and is expected to last for a period of 14 days.

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“We have packaged dry food stimulus for about two hundred thousand families in the first instance for a household of husband, wife and about four children. We would be giving bags of rice, bags of beans, garri, bread, dry pepper and we are trying to see if we can add water and some elements of vitamin C. Each ration, we believe is going to be able to last them at least minimum 14 days just so our advocacy around the stay at home, stay with your loved ones will be respected,” Sanwo-Olu said.

“This is a catalytic initiative of our administration with the hope that well-meaning corporate organisations and private individuals can step up to complement the efforts of the government”.

Meanwhile, the governor also announced that food banks will be provided at the various local governments starting from Saturday, March 28, 2020, to ease commuting of people to markets to get basic daily needs.

As the number of confirmed cases in the state has risen to 44 and a total of 65 in the country, the governor urged residents to refrain from gathering or congregating in order to reduce the risk of further spread.

In an earlier briefing on Tuesday, the governor stated that the accepted maximum for any congregation is 25 persons.

While civil servants in the state have been ordered to stay at home, to reduce the number of people out on the roads, the governor urged private sector organisations to allow their non-essential staff to also work from home or resort to online services where possible.

5 insects you don’t know you are eating

In some parts of the world, insects are considered a reliable source of protein but the people who eat those bugs do so willingly, it’s a normal part of their diet.
Here in Nigeria, where we’re pretty squeamish about chomping into insects, it might come as a shock to discover that, it has been estimated that the average person unintentionally eats a pound of insects every year.

You might never have deliberately eaten an insect, however you have probably inadvertently consumed over a pound of insects in your lifetime. The question, how is that so, then arises?

Scientists in New York have found that these  insects are in fruits, vegetables, bread, canned and processed food, even in the beverages we take. It is virtually impossible that you have not ingested insects in one form or another during your lifetime.

Mites:  These are tiny white bugs common in wheat and other grains that have been stored for a while and in frozen vegetables.  The most well studied of these mites are ‘Blomia tropicalis’, because of its abundance in tropical and subtropical regions and ‘Lepidoglyphus destructor’, which is commonly found in barns. So if you love storing grains in your cupboard for too long, you might just be compiling the number of insects you take in.

Maggots: If you’ve ever eaten canned food, you’ve probably also eaten a maggot. These disgusting little critters abound in things like canned tomatoes, tomato paste, canned fish, canned meat and anything canned. The additives added to the canned food not only preserve the food but in addition make room for maggots

Fruit Flies: Fruit flies are most found in over-riped mangoes, oranges and most fruits. Most times, when a consumer buys a piece of fruit covered in fruit flies, he/she washed them off . However, consume a can of citrus juice and  you’ll be swilling five fruit flies with every 8-ounce cup of juice because you can’t wash off the fruit flies in the Juice.

Corn Ear Worms: Corns are prone to insect infestations, but in most cases, it’s easy to avoid eating the earworms that burrow into corncobs by cutting the kernels off the cob.  However, you are not that lucky with canned sweet corn.

Cowpea curculio/caterpillars:  A can of cowpeas, beans or any field of peas contains an average of five or more cowpea curculio larvae, which will grow into dark brown, beetle-like weevils that infest all manner of peas and beans. Caterpillars are often found in frozen spinach. That is why it is often advised to buy food items dried and cook them yourself, rather than buying them frozen or canned.