A total of 217 beneficiaries have emerged from the social inclusion programme initiative of the Lagos state government which empowers indigent members of the society for economic independence and self-sufficiency.
The programme, tagged ‘EKO CARES’ aims at actualising the Greater Lagos project of the Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration, through social inclusion and making Lagos a 21st-Century economy.
The Special Adviser to the governor on Civic Engagement, Aderemi Adebowale, stated this during the disbursement of the funds to 217 beneficiaries at the Adeyemi-Bero Auditorium, Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja.
Designed as a form of financial assistance to 2,000 beneficiaries from all the Local Governments and LCDAs, she said the programme would grant each beneficiary N20,000 to invest in economic activities that would guarantee a quick turnover.
Adebowale expressed that the impact of the exercise, which is being supervised by her office, is expected to stimulate micro-economic activities, promote a sense of belonging, reduce tension in the communities and enhance self-reliance.
In her words, the beneficiaries will also be exposed to business and investment opportunities requiring minimal start-up capital.
Adebowale noted that many companies producing fast-moving consumer products have keyed into the programme.
The SA further appealed to the beneficiaries not to abuse the privilege, as successful participants would benefit more from mentorship from partners, who would closely monitor each beneficiary and give progress reports and recommendations for further empowerment funds.Follow us on social media