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IN ITS efforts to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the livelihood of poor and vulnerable households, Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation (WAPA)’s social intervention platform Lagos Cares Livelihood Support Delivery has trained skill instructors on the proper process for engaging about 2,145 vulnerable indigent residents adversely affected by COVID-19 pandemic.

  Speaking during the event which was held in Women Development Centre, Agege, Permanent Secretary of 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.

  “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,” she said.

 Kalesanwo also charged the instructors to deliver their best and ensure that trainees under their guidance are properly trained.

  While reiterating government’s commitment to implementation of the programme, Kalesanwo 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, 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.

  Also speaking, a member of Lagos 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.

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