The Lagos State Government, under the leadership of the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation (WAPA), has reaffirmed its commitment to advancing access to decent work and social protection as part of its poverty reduction efforts.
Mrs. Bolaji Dada, the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, made this declaration during an event held to commemorate the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. This global observance, marked every October 17th, seeks to foster understanding and dialogue between individuals living in poverty and the broader society.
Dada emphasised the multi-faceted nature of poverty, stating, “Poverty is not just about income levels; it is a multidimensional issue that affects individuals and communities in various ways.” She further underscored the importance of ensuring that women have access to decent work and social protection, as it is pivotal in reducing poverty and advancing gender equality.
The commissioner also stressed the government’s dedication to empowering women and vulnerable individuals. The government has provided numerous opportunities for empowerment, including vocational skills training, entrepreneurship programmes, and access to microcredit loans. In addition, social protection initiatives have been established, offering quality healthcare, education, and financial sustainability to the state’s vulnerable female residents.
Mrs. Bolaji called on corporate organisations and civil society to collaborate with the state government in their collective efforts to alleviate poverty and enhance the well-being of its citizens.