Over 2,000 vulnerable women in Lagos state were empowered by the state government.
The women who were selected from the local government and local council development areas of the state were presented with start-up tools ranging from sewing/whipping, hair dressing, and grinding machines among others.
“The empowerment program for the vulnerable women of the state is in line with the present administration’s total commitment to eradicating poverty in all its forms amongst the citizens of the state. Government has put in place various policies and programs aimed at raising the standard of living of its citizenry”.
That forms the statement of the Lagos state Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Mrs. Lola Akande while briefing the journalists on the initiative.
According to her “the state has continued to train thousands of the citizens particularly women on different skills in order to make them self-employed, self-reliant and employers of labor”.
Akande says the economic challenges facing the nation today have prompted the need for the gesture to be extended to the vulnerable in the state so as to cushion the effect of the dwindling economy.
Akande says the move for empowerment is borne out of passion of the government to enhance the standard of living and skills of the people.
She maintains that the state will continue to initiate, embark and sustain programs and activities within its ministerial mandate to raise the standard of living of women in the state.
In her remarks, the Lagos state Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Mrs. Folashade Adesoye says the empowerment initiative is tilted towards securing a better life for the women in the state.
“When you empower a woman, you empower a nation, because the women take care of the children in every
phase. And the government, having realized that women and children are the group that are vulnerable, and considered the economic situation of the country, the government decided that for our women to be empowered they needed to be given something to work with,” she explained.
She however urged the beneficiaries to guide the donated items jealously and ensure it improves their economic conditions.
Some of the beneficiaries who spoke with VON said that they would maximize the opportunities to improve their skills and augment their financial base.
The beneficiaries, who were filled with joy and beamed with smiles while receiving the items, commended the initiative by the government, expressed appreciation and request for more of such gestures for another set of beneficiaries in the coming years.