Wife of the Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu has urged beneficiaries of empowerment programmes, especially women and youth, to use the knowledge they acquire to change their status and decrease poverty.
Mrs. Ibijoke, who spoke at the inauguration of Agboyi-Ketu Local Council Development Area (LCDA) Empowerment Scheme in Lagos, disclosed that government alone cannot tackle issues of poverty and unemployment.
The empowerment, tagged “We Lift”, and organized by the Chairman of the LCDA, Mr Dele Osinowo, is organised to empower the jobless Nigerians with the skills to be self-sufficient.
Speaking recently, she said the theme goes in line with her husband’s vision to make life easy for Lagosians.
Her words, “Asides the fact that participants will be empowered with essentials skills to make them job creators within six months to two years of rigorous training, the LCDA will also provide start-up capital for successful trainees.
“The LCDA will as well provide equipment, rented shops and a robust post-evaluation exercise to monitor the trainees for a certain timeline.
“This scheme, no doubt, is a welcome development as it will go a long way to reduce statistics of unemployment in our dear State and greatly help to avail beneficiaries of a better tomorrow financially, as well as an upliftment in their standard of living.
“This is surely the way to go in terms of providing jobs for our people, and let me seize this opportunity to commend the Executive Chairman of Agboyi-Ketu LCDA, Mayor Dele Oshinowo for his vision and commitment.”
“I must place it on record that this initiative is very much in line with the developmental agenda of the present administration of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu as captured in T.H.E.M.E.S.”