The Lagos State Government said it had trained 2,200 vulnerable women and young females to be financially independent and self-reliant in past one year.
The Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Mrs Cecilia Dada, made this known on Tuesday during the 2020 Ministerial Press Briefing to commemorate the first year in office of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
Dada said that the series of programmes were to improve status of women and make them economically independent.
”Short-term Vocational Skills Acquisition Training Programmes were organised to tackle unemployment situation of women and young female adults and widows, indigent/vulnerable women.
”The programmes were to tackle unemployment situation of women living with health challenges and disabilities.
“Others were civil servants exiting from active service and women drawn from faith-based organisations and other categories of women in the Lagos State.
”This was done with the assurance that the skills acquired to create income-generating ventures for beneficiaries,” Dada said.
The commissioner said that the training programmes, which spanned for four weeks, included areas as hair braiding/weaving, tie and die, event decoration, cakes and snacks production, soap and pomade making.
She said that at the end of each training programme, which held in Victoria Island, Ebute Metta, Ojo, Ajeromi-Ifelodun, Badagry, participants received start-off packs to help kick-start their businesses.
Dada said that in a bid to sustain the general wellbeing of the female gender in the state, the ministry organised medical screening for 500 women and young adults.
According to her, the medical screening are on cervical screening, breast screening, sugar level examination, eye tests and provision of eye glasses, where necessary.
She said that the screening was carried out to ascertain their health status and checkmate bigger challenges that might arise in the future.
The commissioner also said that in a bid to curb the coronavirus pandemic, the ministry produced and distributed 450,000 facemasks and 30,000 hand sanitisers to residents of the state.