The Lagos State Government, through the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, has taken 250 residents through a four-week short-term skills acquisition programme to empower them economically.
The ministry, in a statement on Sunday, said the empowerment programme was a strategic initiative to alleviate poverty and improve the standard of living of women, girls and youths.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony for participants, the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Cecilia Dada, stated that the programme, which was held at Ojo Square in the Somolu Local Government Area of the state, was a collaborative effort with the Lagos State Health Management Authority.
She said, “The focus of the programme is to uplift the lives of indigents, vulnerable and internally displaced persons, as well as people with disabilities, across various communities of Lagos State with ready to go skills in meeting their various economic demands and challenges.”
Dada explained that the first phase of the 2024 training ran simultaneously across five centres in the state.
“The state government is ready to address factors militating against women and youths from attaining their full potential, like illiteracy, joblessness, teenage pregnancies and cultural issues, among others and give the necessary support to residents, irrespective of their positions in the state, through skills such as events decoration and flower arrangement.
Others are fabric stoning, tie and dye, catering, soap, pomade and insecticide production, hair braiding and wig making, throw pillows, and duvet making, among others.”
In his goodwill message, the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Health Management Authority, Dr Emmanuella Zamba, who was represented by Mr Olatunji Rotimi, the Head, Business unit, LASHMA, commended Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for his support for the programme in line with his T.H.E M.E.S Plus Agenda.