The Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr Idiat Adebule, has said improving the economic opportunities of women is the major key to poverty reduction and economic growth.
She said this on Monday during an empowerment programme organised by the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation for over 3,000 widows, vulnerable women, senior citizens and graduates of the skill acquisition centres of the state government.
According to Adebule, the state government had recently presented N1bn to 785 beneficiaries and had been engaging local contractors in the implementation of projects to improve the standard of living of residents.
“This programme is meant to take care of the needs of women in all the 20 local government areas and 37 local council development areas of the state. It involves the distribution of materials such as grinding and sewing machines and hair dressing tools, as well as financial support for senior citizens and widows.
“This underscores the reason this administration has taken women empowerment as one of its focal policies to mitigate the effects of the global economic recession being experienced by many Lagosians, especially women. This will make them self-reliant, as well as support the family income,’’ she said.
In her address, the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Mrs. Lola Akande, said studies had shown that many women had become breadwinners of their families or supporters of their husbands to sustain their families.