In its efforts to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the livelihood of poor and vulnerable households, the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation’s social intervention platform “Lagos Cares Livelihood Support Delivery, DLI 1.3”, has trained skill instructors on the proper process for engaging about 2,145 vulnerable indigent residents adversely affected by COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking at the event held at the Women Development Centre, Agege, the Permanent Secretary, WAPA, Mrs. Oluyemi Kalesanwo, said the programme was geared towards stimulating the economy, preventing the collapse of businesses and providing short skill training to economically active and self-employed youths in the State.
In her words: “Government initiated this programme with the assistance of the Federal Government and the World Bank to ensure people get back to their previous status before the onset of COVID-19, as well as have enough to feed themselves and cater for their families”.
Kalesanwo charged the instructors to deliver their best and ensure that trainees under their guidance are properly trained.
While reiterating the Government’s commitment to the implementation of the programme, the Permanent Secretary stated that the present administration will take disciplinary action against any instructor that is not living up to expectations, adding that strict monitoring would be put in place by the Ministry.
In her address, the Head of Livelihood Support Delivery platform, Mrs. Oluwatoyin Salami, stated that the prospective recipients were drawn, through a transparent selection process, from the State Social register domiciled in the Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget’s database.
Salami also reiterated that the programme was designed for everyone without any gender bias, adding that the initiative will help address the needs of vulnerable members of the State, irrespective of their gender or ethnic differences.
Also speaking, a member of the State Cares Coordinating Unit, Mr. Basit Baruwa, said the programme was organised pro bono as no training fee was attached, affirming that beneficiaries were picked on merit for seamless and proper coordination of the process.
Baruwa also declared the Government’s readiness to empower the beneficiaries at the end of the training programme.