As the Lagos State EKO CARES tackles the spread of the novel COVID-19 pandemic and strive assiduously to ameliorate the effect of the pandemic on Lagosians. The Office of the Civic Engagement, knowing fully well that the Covid-19 Guidelines and restrictions will have disadvantageous effects on the citizenry, particularly petty traders who rely solely on daily income to make ends meet, has kick-started the financial assistance to beneficiaries of the 2nd segment of the first phase of “Eko Cares” (Formerly known as Sanwo-olu cares), an initiative with the theme “Go forward – Grow Lagos”.
It is important to asseverate that “Eco Cares” is an initiative of Governor Babajide Sanwo-olu’s administration aimed at actualizing the GreaterLagos project through social inclusion.
Through this initiative, more Lagosians, particularly the less privileged and the vulnerable, are been empowered with access to finance for various micro businesses and vocations with a view to improving their standard of living and quality of living.
On Thursday 16th, July 2020 the Lagos State Government through the Office of the Civic Engagement officially commenced the second segment of the disbursement of the “Eko Cares” financial assistance, ensuring that additional two hundred and seventeen people who are yet to get funds from the 2,000 earlier pencilled down in the first phase of the empowerment fund get their money, in strict adherence to the guidelines divided the beneficiaries into sessions to maintain safe social distancing.
It imperative to restate that Governor Sanwoolu’s kind gesture is not a tea-party but a concerted effort towards uplifting the downtrodden from lack of funds to start petty trades.
The beneficiaries of this initiative will be guided on investing in fast-moving consumer goods so that they can generate quick turnover on their funds and in turn sent such back into the businesses for higher turnover, because a number of companies producing fast moving consumer products have keyed into this laudable programme.
The Office of Civic Engagement appeals to the beneficiaries to make frugal and provident use of the privilege as successful participants will have additional benefit of mentorship from partners who would closely monitor each beneficiary and give progress reports and recommendations towards further empowerment funds from the Government. It is our believe that when a large constituent of our population are usefully engaged, they will automatically move up with fulfilment in the hierarchy of needs, then security and safety of lives and property and peaceful communal coexistence in the State will be enhanced.
Dignitaries in attendance include; Miss Ruth Bisola Olusanya (Acting Commissioner for Agriculture), Hon. Bonu Solomon Saanu (S.A Arts, Culture & Tourism), Hon. Afolabi Ayantayo (S.A Parastatals Monitoring Office) and others
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