We’ve Alleviated Poverty For Over 9,000 Lagosians, Says Lagos Commissioner
The Lagos State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Mrs. Bolaji Dada has disclosed that the Ministry improved the living standards of over nine thousand residents who benefitted from its various training and skills acquisition programmes in the past year.
While giving her scorecard in commemoration of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s first year, on Tuesday, the Commissioner revealed that apart from affecting the lives of the beneficiaries directly, the standard of living of thousands of their dependents have equally been affected positively.
The various training sessions, according to her, cover Short and long-Term Vocational Training Programmes, Digital training, as well as online Sales and Marketing Skills acquisition.
Mrs. Dada said that apart from the 6,300 students, who graduated from the 18 skills acquisition centres across the State last year, over 150 rural Women were trained in agricultural enterprise, 500 Women benefited from online marketing while over 2,200 vulnerable Women were equally trained and equipped with start-up packs.
She also revealed plans to create an additional three vocational and skills training centres and certification programmes for Women, in addition to the already existing 18 centres, adding that the three new centres located in Ibeshe, Eredo and Agidingbi would be completed to further expand the reach of its various empowerment initiatives.
“Generally speaking, we have positively salvaged many homes that would have gone comatose because of financial issues. We have empowered more women to be financially independent, thereby saving them from ridicule or domestic violence or sexual abuses emanating from joblessness and poverty,” Dada said.
She explained further that “In January this year alone, we distributed empowerment materials to over 1,100 vulnerable women during a Mega Empowerment Programme; we carried out free medical screening programmes on HIV/AIDS, Cervical Cancer, Breast Cancer, Sight Screening etc. for over 500 women, in partnership with Non-Governmental Organisations, among several other interventions”.
Disclosing that the Ministry joined in the fight against the spread of COVID-19 by producing of 450,000 facemasks and distributing over 30,000 hand sanitisers, the Commissioner said these items were distributed freely to members of the public.
She noted that the Ministry is also working with WAPA Supervisory Councillors in all Local Governments to distribute palliatives to Widows through their Associations across the State.