Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, Governor of Lagos State, has urged corporate organizations based in Lagos to include empowerment programs in their Corporate Social Responsibility plans for Y2022 in order to have a positive impact on the lives of the vulnerable and underprivileged people in the state.
Sanwo-Olu stated this today at the Skills Acquisition Centre, Isheri, during the Year 2020 Graduation Ceremony for Students from the State’s 19 Skills Acquisition Centres.
The Governor, who was represented by his deputy, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat, assured that his administration will continue to invest in women empowerment, skill acquisition programs, access to loans, and the provision of working tools to help Lagosians live better lives and become self-sufficient.
He stated that it is the responsibility of the government, corporate organizations, and well-meaning individuals to empower vulnerable citizens.
“This administration has made empowerment a priority since its inception and has increased the frequency of the program to four times a year to reach out to more Lagosians, specifically based on its understanding of the economic hardship imposed on many individuals and families as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak,” he said.
Sanwo-Olu went on to say that his administration believes the ‘Mega Empowerment Programme’ will be able to limit the negative impact of the economic situation on Lagosians and ensure that more residents are financially and economically independent, in line with the current administration’s T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda.
He also stated that his administration has prioritized and dedicated resources to empowering Lagosians, particularly women and youths, through the Lagos Youth Empowerment Initiative.
The Governor stated that the important role that women play as home builders, business owners, and top leaders in their fields enables them to shape society on social, economic, and political levels.
While congratulating the graduates, the Governor urged them to seize the opportunity and use it as a springboard to build businesses that will empower and employ others.
Mrs. Oluremi Hamzat, the wife of the Deputy Governor, commended the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Mrs. Cecilia Bolaji Dada, and the Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Oluyemisi Kalesanwo, for ensuring that the Lagos State Government’s policies on Poverty Alleviation, Empowerment, and Skills Acquisition are sustained in her goodwill message.
Mrs. Hamzat stated that the State Empowerment initiative has assisted many people in the society in maintaining a reasonable standard of living by bringing food to their tables and providing consistent employment.
As a result, she urged the graduates to use their newly acquired skills wisely for their own benefit and the benefit of society as a whole, saying, “Please do not hesitate to empower others with your skills.” You, too, can lend a hand to someone, somewhere.”
Mrs. Cecilia Bolaji Dada, Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation (WAPA), stated earlier in her remarks that the skills acquisition program was designed to bridge the gap between young school leavers, the less privileged, the vulnerable, young men and women who are not academically inclined or are unable to pursue their educational goals due to a lack of funds.
She urged the 3,262 graduates to take advantage of the opportunity provided by the State Government to become employers of labor and generate wealth for the benefit of their families and the communities of Lagos.
“Those who have established themselves as security threats in the community have reinforced the government’s decision to establish additional centers of 17 to 19 Skills Acquisition Centres, whereby no less than 20 vocations are taught free of charge across the five Divisions of Lagos State,” the Commissioner stated.