Pictures of the training programs for vulnerable residents of Lagos State.
As part of the Nigeria COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus of the Federal Government (NG-CARES), “Lagos Cares”, a World Bank-supported response program, launched a four-year technical and vocational training program weeks for disadvantaged and vulnerable residents in three local government areas in Lagos State.
The Acting Project Coordinator, Mr. Basit Baruwa, told a forum held at the Women’s Development Center in Lagos on Thursday that the program was provided free of charge to female participants and there were no training fees. . He also said that the recipients were chosen on the basis of merit to ensure smooth and efficient coordination of the process.
Baruwa reiterated that the assistance project should target households and micro enterprises in the informal sector for empowerment and that the government is ready to empower the beneficiaries at the end of the training session.
The Coordinator affirmed that an orientation exercise had already been organized for the project staff who will work at the local level for the success of the program, noting that the program was designed to increase the social safety net and minimize untold hardships. that people face. due to the global pandemic.
The program was developed by the federal government with assistance from the World Bank to alleviate hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic through various skills training and empowerment support, according to Ms. Toyin Salami, Livelihood Support Platform Manager.
She said: “The aim of the livelihood program is to provide short soft skills training, along with one-time payments, to support economically active and independent young women in Lagos State. Beneficiaries of subsistence grants will be selected using the state social registry at the Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget”.
“The Livelihoods Support Team will additionally carry out a physical verification exercise for the final selection of beneficiaries. The household member selected for the grant must be productive and nimble to engage in some form of micro-enterprise. There is an approved amount of grants to be disbursed ranging from N20,000 to N200,000 based on review of micro business plans submitted by beneficiaries,” Salami added.
Salami highlighted the importance of the training program while pointing out that despite the launch of many social protection programs in recent years, the coverage of safety net programs for vulnerable people has not reached its stated goals.
She did, however, reveal that a number of initiatives are underway to strengthen the coordination and implementation of interventions aimed at protecting the weak and the poor, reducing fragmentation between small ad hoc safety net programs and to establish institutional frameworks at the federal, state, and local levels of government.
The Livelihood Support Delivery Platform Manager added that 2,145 participants from Ikorodu, Ajeromi-Ifelodun and Apapa LGAs in Lagos State are already receiving free training in 13 professions.