The Lagos State Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation (WAPA) has supported women and other vulnerable groups in the state with the tools and equipment to enable them to start their own microbusiness.
The event, which was themed “Micro Enterprise Support Initiative of the Year 2022” (MESI), was hosted by the state government through the Ministry of Women Affairs and fight against poverty.
Beneficiaries were drawn from various faith groups, students from the 20 state skills centers, vulnerable women and indigents from the 20 local governments and 37 local council development areas, the register of the coordination unit of state operations and craftsmen of various associations.
They received Android phones for digital marketing, milling machines, sewing machines, toasters and toasters, popcorn machines, barbering kits with generators and sterilization unit, as well as professional hair dryers, aimed at alleviating poverty in all communities in Lagos State. .
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Speaking at the event which took place at the Isheri Beger Skills Acquisition Center, State Commissioner for Women’s Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Cecilia Bolaji Dada described the intervention program as crucial , adding that “it comes at a time when nations around the world, the private sector and civil societies, are calling for better ways to eradicate poverty and accelerate the empowerment of women, using development strategies local economy, which is the cornerstone of sustainable national development.”
According to Dada, women have a crucial and central role to play in shaping society on social, economic and political platforms and that when they are empowered through such initiatives, the country will achieve sustainable economic and social development.
Lamenting the increase in the level of poverty in developing countries over the past two decades, the Commissioner said, “It has not decreased significantly so far, especially in Nigeria. In fact, a significant number of people, especially women across the country, endure a life of abject poverty.