By Chinelo Obogo, Lagos
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has disclosed that over the past two and a half years, more than 58,000 households have been rescued from poverty through various social intervention programs
The Governor made this known during an interfaith service hosted by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) at the Apostolic Church, Lagos Regional Headquarters on February 19.
Further, he said 18 outstanding students were supported with N100,000 each to boost morale and more than 25,000 Lagosians were trained in various skills, such as textile design, hairdressing, hairdressing, cosmetology, photography, footwear and leather goods, fashion design, tiling. , interior decoration and Ankara handicrafts, among others, in state skill acquisition centers.
He said his administration’s THEMES program had been carefully designed to meet the needs of the people and he was aware that his mandate was time-limited.
He also said that some of the traffic jams people may face in the metropolis are byproducts of his determination to redevelop the roads.
“We are working on several routes at the same time. We are building roads in Kosofe, Molebi, Demurin and Church Street (right here where we are). We are also building roads in Ogudu GRA, Mile 2, Festac, Ikorodu, Agege, Badagry, Alimosho, Victoria Island, Ikoyi, Bariga, Lekki, Agbado, Ebute-Metta and Iju among others. We try to make it easier for our people to travel. It is an essential service for humanity, because transport is the key to human existence. This is why we are working around the clock to make our dream of having rail transport in the metropolis come true this year.
“We don’t just build roads; we are also building brand new schools for our children so that they can compete with other children from other parts of the world. We have improved the teaching environment and we are also training teachers on how to use technology to improve teaching. Fortunately, the results are already commensurate with our investment in the sector. Last year, the pass rate in our public secondary schools increased from 39.78% to 79.64%.
“Yet we don’t rest on our oars because we know our people deserve only the best. On February 8, 2022, the National Universities Commission (NUC) placed its seal of authority on the establishment of two specialist universities in Lagos State.
“Over the past two and a half years, more than 58,000 households have been lifted out of poverty through our various social intervention programs where women have received cash transfers and acquired skills. Similarly, 500 women have received assistance of N20,000 each in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs Rural Women Grants; 250 women were empowered through a maize and cassava intercropping empowerment workshop with demonstration plots for practical knowledge. In addition, 1,050 rural women received intensive training aimed at increasing their yields in agricultural production while giving beneficiaries equal access to markets.
“Over 25,000 Lagosians have been trained in various skills, such as textile design, hairdressing, hairdressing, cosmetology, photography, footwear and leather goods, fashion design, tiling, interior decorating and decorating. handicrafts of Ankara, among others, in our skill acquisition centers. Eighteen outstanding students from the centers were also supported with N100,000 each to boost their morale. In the heat of COVID-19, students at the centers produced 500,000 face masks for public use. Since June 2019, the centers have graduated more than 6,000 trainees.
“Similarly, over 27,000 Lagosians have benefited from the CodeLagos program aimed at making coding education and technology accessible to Lagosians. It had a total of 611 facilitators, who also made their living from the program. Likewise, over 18,000 residents have been empowered through the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund [LSETF] with a fast and affordable loan for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to start, build, expand and create wealth and jobs for residents.
“We have also successfully supported 1,835 businesses with N939.97 million and saved 10,005 direct jobs and 40,020 indirect jobs through the MSME Recovery Fund. In addition, a 1 billion naira fund for businesses in the tourism, hospitality, entertainment, arts and culture sector has been established to be accessible both in the form of loans and grants. subsidies.
“Over the past two years, we have invested in modernizing public health facilities to improve access to quality health care. We have commissioned four mother-child centers (MCCs) in Eti-Osa, Igando, Badagry and Epe. We renovated and remodeled Yaba Continental Hospital, with the intention of turning it into an infectious disease research institute.
“We have also completed the renovation and upgrading of Apapa General Hospital, as well as Harvey Road Health Center, Ebute Metta Health Center, Isolo General Hospital and Odan General Hospital. are all being renovated. All of these are part of the service to make health accessible to Lagosians.
“Similarly, we have started construction of the new Massey Children’s Hospital in Adeniji-Adele, Lagos. When completed, the seven-storey, 150-bed hospital is expected to be the largest pediatric center in West Africa. Approval has been given for a 1,500-bed psychiatric hospital and rehabilitation center at Majidun in Ketu Ejinrin. In addition, in partnership with the private sector, we have handed over oxygen plants to the general hospitals of Mainland and Gbagada. Triage and oxygen centers at 10 sites in Lagos have also been delivered.
“We have also stepped up our efforts to spread the ‘Ilera-Eko’ health program across the state. We now have more “Ilera-Eko” offices at the base. It is about enabling vulnerable residents to have access to effective, quality and affordable health services. We are also creating more opportunities for our young people to engage productively. We are building cyberinfrastructure to help them acquire the digital skills needed to be active in the global digital economy.
“Before the middle of this year, we will commission the largest rice mill in Africa. This factory will produce 2.5 million 50 kg bags in one year. Undoubtedly, we have challenges here and there, that is normal in a state as populous as Lagos. However, as long as God gives us strength, we will continue to strive to improve the lives of our people,” Sanwo-Olu said.