Lagos State government to empower 3,000 women

Luqmon Balogun, Lagos

The Commissioner for WAPA, Mrs. Lola Akande said this at a joint press conference ahead of the Mega Empowerment Programme which was meant to cater for the vulnerable women in the state.

Mrs Akande said that the state government is committed to take the empowerment of the vulnerable women in the state as a priority. Adding that, the move is part of efforts to improve the socio-economic well-being and welfare of all residents in Lagos.

The Commissioner further explained that the State Government has embarked on the programme in order to ensure financial independence for women to make them self-reliant as well as mitigate against the effects of prevalent poverty in the country.

She added that the mega empowerment programme, slated for Monday, February 27, 2017, is also meant to take care of the needs of more than 3,000 women of  different categories selected from 20 Local Government Councils and 37 Local Council Development Areas, State Constituencies, Faith- based organisations and women groups.

According to her, “various empowerment items, such as Grinding and Sewing machines, Hair Dressing tools, Vulcanizing machines as well as financial support will be given out at the programme to senior citizens and widows to cushion the effects of the economic recession.”

Mrs Akande maintained that this programme is only one of the numerous programmes initiated by the Governor Ambode-led administration to provide succor for women, adding that more will be implemented before the end of the 2017 calendar year.