The Lagos State Government has highlighted the role of economically empowering vulnerable women as a means of tackling poverty and out-of-school children in the state.
The Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Mrs. Cecilia Dada, stated this on Thursday, at the close of a short-term training for indigent women in Maryland community.
Dada noted that the empowerment initiative was organised in partnership with Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board and has produced 250 persons who would henceforth contribute their quotas to the economy of the state.
She said, “The training programme was directed at alleviating the plight of the participants, for financial independence as contributors towards economic sustainability and development of Lagos State. The initiative which had 12 vocations being taught for free and affords the trainees the opportunities for engagement on up building businesses which the graduands can commence immediately, even within the comfort of their homes.
“The present administration under the leadership of Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu has taken women empowerment as one of its focal policies in order to mitigate the effects of poverty prevalent amongst women; we also realise that when women are economically empowered, there is less tension in the home front and obvious reduction in domestic violence.”
The Chairman of LASUBEB, Wahab Alawiye-King, restated the commitment of the government to ensure that every child in the state has access to basic education.
“The collaboration with WAPA was as a result of the outcome of a finding conducted by the LASUBEB which revealed that one of the causes of out-of-school children was majorly occasioned by social-economic factors which could be addressed through empowerment initiatives,” he said.