In a bid to rid the Surulere Local Government of unemployed adults and foster good governance, the Sole Administrator of the Local Government, Hon. Sheriff Balogun handed over empowerment tools to residents of the Local Government in the monthly empowerment and poverty alleviation scheme yesterday, August 31, 2016. The event was held at the Oluremi Tinubu Hall, Surulere Local Government, Lagos.
Speaking on the importance of the exercise to members of the community, the Sole Administrator, Hon. Sherrif Balogun said “the empowerment and poverty alleviation programme is the brain child of the former Executive Secretary of the Local Government, Chief Mrs. Bamidele Huzzein. When I was sworn into power on August 13, 2016, I saw the need to continue with the project as initiated by the convener due to how well it has changed the lives of members of the community.”
“The number of unemployed people in the community is growing rapidly and it is important to offer solutions to solving the problem. A programme of this nature where we establish business for them based on their interest or supporting what they are already involved in is another way to cushion the effect and take people off the streets,” he added.
During the monthly exercise, the Sole Administrator handed over empowerment tools to 13 residents drawn from different parts of Surulere Local Government. Among the 13 were 2 junior staff members of the Local Government. Addressing the need to involve the Local Government officers for the first time since the project commenced, Hon. Balogun said “we considered the plight of junior civil servants and how much they earn from working with the government. This is the first time this would happen and those that benefitted are junior staff that have learnt a trade and work with it after office hours.”
Of the 13 residents in the Local Government who were handed an undisclosed amount of money and establishment tools, 8 residents each got a deep freezer, 10 crates of soft drinks and 10 packs of bottled water. Among the remaining 5, one resident got a complete set of tailoring machine, another got full make up kits, while another beneficiary was handed a complete set of Nikon D40 multimedia camera. A resident was also handed a complete set of cooking gas with cylinders while another man was given sets of electrical appliances to support his electrical business.
Residents who benefited in the exercise are Alhaja. Olorunrinu, Mrs. Da Silva Akinyemi, Mr. Waheed Oladapo, Mrs. Toyin Jackson, Mrs. Seun Osho, Mrs. Damilola Onayiga, Mr. Abubakar Rotimi, Mr. Salihu Abdullahi, Mrs. Ngozi Olisa, Mrs. Awero Oyeleye, Mrs. Funmilayo Oladapo, Mrs. Yusuf Adebambo and Mrs. Comfort Wuraola.
Commenting on the project, a beneficiary who hails from the Northern part of Nigeria, Mr. Salihu Abdulahi disclosed that “I am humbled to have been part of this programme. When I applied for it, I didn’t have trust in those who are meant to select the beneficiaries. I was marveled when I got a message from the Local Government officers that I should come for questioning for the final stage. I thank the Local Government officials and those who contributed to make this a reality.”