To commemorate the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, the Lagos State Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation (WAPA) has given N20,000 to 500 needy women in the state.
The Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation (WAPA), Mrs Bolaji Dada, stated that the programme was organised to create awareness about the importance of poverty eradication through its multiple empowerment programs.
The theme for this year’s event is “Building Forward Together; Ending Persistence Poverty, Respecting all People and our Planet.”
Dada said:” Poverty is not solely an economic issue, but rather, our individual problems that disturbs a way to earn a livelihood, as a way of daily income.
“Therefore, it is important for us as a responsive government, to address the poor state of poverty in our noble State, through the introduction of various empowerment programmes.
“This is to support indigents and vulnerable women in line with our Ministry’s vision; “to sustainably Reduce Poverty in Lagos State”.
Mrs Gladys Okiki, one of the recipients, thanked the state administration for the money, saying it will assist to restart her petty trade, which had been affected by the COVID-19-induced lockdown.
“I am so happy and delighted for this kind gesture, my business is yet to recover since COVID-19 lockdown but with this cash I will bounce back,” she said.
Mrs Agnes Johnson, a widow who appreciated the government, said she planned to use the funds to start a fruit business.
“I do cleaning jobs around my area to feed my four children daily but with this money, I will be able to start a fruit business which I have always wanted to do,” she said.
Mr. Taofik Ayanbiyi, one of the few people who benefited from cash empowerment, praised the government for its generosity and urged other states to follow Lagos’ lead.
Every year on October 17th, the International Day to End Poverty is commemorated.