A total of One Thousand and Fifty (1050) Lagosians were have been presented with various items by the Lagos State Government under the auspices of the Empowerment Programme of the Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation Ministry.
The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu who was represented by his Deputy, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat urged beneficiaries to put to good use, the various items provided to them at the empowerment programme.
The items include Hair Dryers, Pepper Grinding Machines, Generating Sets, Sewing Machines, Popcorn production machines, Clippers, Sterilizing Sets and Generators.
The Governor restated the commitment of his Administration to provide succor to citizens especially in the face of daunting challenges resulting from the COVID- 19 pandemic.
While acknowledging the contribution of women to the society, the governor also said that his Administration will continue to focus on women by providing methodologies for their advancement.
The Governor further stated that the empowerment programme is ‘’effective and pragmatic approach ‘’ to empower women for economic independence and self-reliance.
In a message to the occasion, the First Lady represented by the wife of the Attorney General – Mrs. Olabisi Onigbanjo urged beneficiaries to utilise the equipment so as to become self-reliant.
The Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Hon. Cecilia Bolaji Dada, noted that the need to confront poverty and ensure economic growth informed the empowerment programme which focused on women majorly.
She described the empowerment as available to all citizens who need it without consideration for tribe, gender, religion or political affiliation. She added that trainees of the various vocational centres who were unable to raise capital for take-off were targeted.
Dada further stated the commitment of her Ministry to sustainably Reduce Poverty through the R8 Vocational Centers in the State offering training in 20 Vocations.