The Lagos State Government has presented 1000 residents with various empowerment tools.
The tools included grinding/milling machines, sewing/whipping machines, hairdressing appliances, sterilising sets, popcorn production machine, generators and android phones for digital marketing.
The presentation of these tools was part of streamlined activities for the Y2021 quarterly mega empowerment initiative organised by the Ministry of Women and Poverty Alleviation (WAPA) for vulnerable women and indigent residents in the state.
In his address at the Wednesday event, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said the items will help immensely in overcoming the effect of the current harsh economic realities occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic and other factors in the state.
“This programme was initially held once a year, but we have increased it to four times in a year,” said Sanwo-Olu who was represented by government secretary Folashade Sherifat Jaji.
“This is because we want to increase the number of beneficiaries.
“With the empowerment programme, we have been able to positively impact the lives of our women, who have become economically productive with the resultant improvement in their quality of lives and that of their families.
“As a government, we will continue to give our support to initiatives aimed at developing the human capacity, innovation and entrepreneurial skills.
“We shall continue to improve the capacity of our vocational skills acquisition centres to impact relevant skills on a current and emerging economic environment.”