Lagos State Commissioner for Women’s Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Cecilia Dada, said a viable way to alleviate the plight of vulnerable women and youth in the metropolis is to improve vocational training , using local resources.
She did so at the closing ceremony of a four-week, short-term training for 250 women from the communities of the Local Council of Epe.
The training, which took place simultaneously in five selected centers across the state, is expected to benefit no less than 1,500 participants in the third quarter of 2022, as well as serve as part of the poverty reduction strategy of the state government in its renewed effort to give vulnerable women into state occupations that would make them economically independent.
Dada, who was represented by Permanent Secretary, Oluyemi Kalesanwo, said the government had stepped up efforts to drastically reduce the poverty of residents, especially women, because of the important role they play in shaping society. .
She said: “The Lagos government has embarked on vocational training for women, men and youth for financial growth as a means of reducing unemployment, empowering citizens to become self-reliant and achieve a viable economy.”
Dada revealed that more than 12,250 women, men and youths have benefited from short and long-term skills acquisition programs organized by the ministry since 2019, some of whom are now contributing to the well-being of their families.
She urged recipients to never stop learning, saying “don’t think your training ends here. You must continue to hone your skills in order to become masters of your craft. »
In her address, Epe Council Executive Chairperson, Surah Animashaun, who was represented by Council Director, Bakare Olakunle, commended the state government for the initiative to improve the lives of Epe residents. .