In a bid to curb slothfulness associated with mediocrity crippling the development of a progressive society, the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation (WAPA), Mrs. Cecilia Bolaji Dada has promised that Lagos State Government will not tolerate the begging of alms by women as it has an array of laudable programmes created for indigents, vulnerable, widows and Peoples With Disabilities for financial independence.

The Commissioner stated this in her address at the Closing Ceremony of the Short – Term training organised for Women in Iru – Victoria Island Local Council Development Area, revealing that a total of 15,195 beneficiaries since 2019, had received free tuition empowerment skills across the five Divisions of the State through the four-week empowerment programme.

While reiterating the Ministry’s mandate targeted at building resourceful women through adequate protection, empowerment and poverty alleviation programmes, Dada vowed to make the state inhabitable for any indolent woman who is not ready to key into the Lagos State’s vision which gives no room for idleness in all forms.

She said, “This Short-Term Skills Acquisition training is targeted at curbing idleness, unemployment and empowering vulnerable citizens towards self-reliance, in a bid to make them contributors to the socio-economic development of the State”.

She charged women and men in Iru/VI LCDA to utilise various opportunities made available by the Ministry to learn at least a skill for financial sustainability and contribute to the socio-economic development of the State. She emphasised the need for women to embrace practical skills in driving societal progress.

Dada averred that the various skills taught during the short-term training, which include Tie & Dye, Catering and Confectioneries, Gele Tying and Make-Up Application,  Hairdressing and Wig Making, Fabrics Stoning and Embellishments, Production of Soap and Pomade/Healthy Insecticide Production, Barbing and lots more, are all process of grooming entrepreneurs.

She advised the beneficiaries of the training programmes to embrace proper bookkeeping to access loans through the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) for their business ventures.

She also called on prospective students, particularly unemployed persons or the underemployed, to enrol in any of the 19 Skills Acquisition centres across the State, which offer various vocational training for Six to 12 months at zero cost to become financially independent.

The Executive Chairman, Iru/VI LCDA, Princess Rasheedat Abiodun Adu, commended the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu for his effort at alleviating the plight of women in Lagos State, stating that the journey of beneficiaries does not end with presentation of Certificates of Competence and Start-Up packs to them by WAPA, as the recipients will also be financially empowered by the Local Council Development Area, as their host community 

She urged the graduates to use the skills acquired as stepping stones to a brighter future and embrace the opportunities to become successful entrepreneurs.

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