Sanwo-Olu empowers 2,000 indigent Lagos residents

The Babajide Sanwo-Olu led Lagos State Government on Friday empowered another set of 2,000 indigent Lagosians, to create a platform for financial empowerment for them.

This programme is part of actions poised to fulfill the government’s THEMES agenda.

Speaking at the event held at Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa, Ikeja, the Special Adviser, Office of Civic Engagement, Princess Aderemi Adebowale, said the second phase of Eko Cares, formerly called Sanwo-Olu Cares, was a social intervention programme of the Lagos State Government designed by the Office of Civic Engagement as a palliative measure for the vulnerable, less privileged and lower echelon of the Lagos society.

“The initiative aims to create a platform for financial empowerment of the poorest of the poor in the state, thus enhancing socio-economic inclusion and cohesion.

You will agree with me that besides improving the sources of livelihood of the beneficiaries, the initiative will enhance the state’s achievement of sustainable development goals of ‘No poverty (Goal 1), Zero hunger (Goal 2), Decent Work and Economic Growth (Goal 8) and Reduced Inequalities (Goal 9)’, but to mention a few,” Adebowale said.

She said the theme of this year’s empowerment programme was: “Go forward, Grow Lagos”, adding that beneficiaries were selected across the 20 local governments and 37 local council development areas.

The governor’s aide urged the beneficiaries to make the best use of the opportunity, adding that they should be innovative and dynamic.

Highlights of the event included distribution of N10,000 worth of products to traders, training of traders in book keeping and financial accounting, among others.

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