The Lagos State Government, in partnership with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP),  has kicked-off the cash for work programme for vulnerable people in the state to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking at the flagging off of the intervention programme at Ndubusi Kanu Park, Alausa, Ikeja, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Sustainable Development Goals and Investment, Mrs. Solape Hammond, described the project as part of the government’s response to ameliorate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the vulnerable individuals and small business owners.

According to her, the project, which is a collaborative effort between the state government and UNDP with the support of Japan Government, will be providing a grant to 945 Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) to resuscitate their businesses that have been affected by the pandemic and the aftermath of the ENDSARS protest.

“As the economic fallout threatens households across the state due to COVID-19, cash transfers to vulnerable families reduce risks to socio-economic challenges. This emergency cash transfer programme is designed to help families during this period and to ensure that household poverty does not translate to deprivations for children,” she said

She maintained that the project, which is simultaneously going on across the five divisions of the state, is to complement the government’s efforts in deploying assistance to SMEs and the vulnerable.

Highlighting the significance of the initiative, Mrs. Hammond stated that the cash-based support programme will not only ensure that the essential needs of beneficiaries are met, but also empower the most vulnerable to become self-reliant and participate in economic activities that boost local markets.

Also, the General Manager of the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, while lauding the effort of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for driving the initiative, revealed that the state government is desirous of creating opportunities for citizens to live a prosperous life and contribute to the development of the state.

The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Sustainable Development Goals, Mr. Lekan Fatodu, emphasised the need for citizens to embrace the government’s initiatives to improve their standard of living.

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