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No, Governor Sanwo-Olu Did Not Approve ₦20,000 Ramadan Support Fund

On March 18th, a WhatsApp post circulated that the Lagos state government approved ₦20,000 in cash support for individuals to ease the financial burden during the Muslim month of Ramadan. The post reads in full:
“LAGOS STATE ₦20,000 RAMADAN 2024 SUPPORT FUND IS ONGOING”
“Due to high level of Inflation, Economic Hardship, and High cost of Feeding, GOV Babajide Sanwo-Olu has approved ₦20,000 support funds in order to ease some of the financial burdens that individuals may face during Ramadan, ensuring that everyone can fully participate in the religious observances and celebrations.
“Don’t miss out on this chance to receive ₦20,000 assistance during this special time.
“APPLY NOW
“https://lnkbitz.com/LAGOS-STATE-20K-RAMADAN-FUND
“N.B: SHARE WITH OTHERS LET THEM ALL BENEFIT FROM THE RELIEF FUND.”

The current economic hardship in the country has compelled state governments in Nigeria to provide food palliatives for the residents of their respective states. The Lagos State government has also implemented discounted food sales programs to empower small-scale traders, alleviate food scarcity, and make it more affordable to residents in the state.

On February 14th, 2024, the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu officially commenced the distribution of Market Traders Money. He emphasised that the initiative would benefit 15,000 market traders strategically located within the state’s economic pyramid and food distribution network, with each trader receiving N50,000.00.
The government further announced the opening of 1,000 food centres as part of this initiative to support the community during challenging economic times.
However, clicking on the link attached to the claim, which required some information to access the funds, raises questions about the claim’s veracity. This prompted iVerify Nigeria to subject the claim to check.

Claim

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has approved ₦20,000 support funds to ease financial burdens during Ramadan.

Rating Justification

iVerify Nigeria noted that the claim’s link does not originate from the Lagos state government’s official website. In contrast to earlier state grants that were made public on the official website, a search for ostensibly ongoing Ramadan support funds on the official website yielded no results.
Furthermore, Mr. Wale Ajetumobi, the Lagos State Government’s Special Assistant on Media for Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said that he was not aware of any Ramadan support fund that was in operation and that we should disregard it because it was not established by the state.
“I am not aware of any Ramadan support fund, disregard it, it is not from us”, he said.

Conclusion
iVerify Nigeria concludes that the grant did not originate from the government and that there is no mention of a Ramadan Support Fund on the Lagos state government’s website. The claim is therefore untrue.