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Lagos ‘Empowers 960 Women In 11 Months’

Posted: Apr 26, 2016 at 5:04 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Lagos State Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation (WAPA) on Tuesday said it empowered 960 women and girls in 11 months through its vocational skill acquisition programme.

Mrs Lola Akande, Commissioner, WAPA, said this at the 2016 Ministerial Briefing to Commemorate Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode’s first year in office.

Akande said that the Women Affairs Department of WAPA was concerned with improving the living standard of women in the state.

“In our drive to create jobs for women in the state, we have continued to upgrade the 16 existing skill acquisition centres to accommodate more students.

“We are also establishing more centres and they will be equipped to respond adequately to the needs of the labour market.

“This is part of government’s effort to support women by reducing poverty level and increase their life expectancy, ” she said.

Akande said that out of the 553 domestic violence distress calls recorded in the last one year, 234 cases were treated.

“We had 197 cases resolved amicably, 14 referred to the Office of Public Defender for necessary court action and seven women were provided with temporary shelter in the transit homes.

“We also had 14 ‘run away’ husbands that could not be contacted and two cases were withdraw,” she said.

Akande also said the Child Development department of WAPA handled 108 sexual abuse cases, 205 physical abuses and 276 child labour cases in the last one year.

“All hands must be on deck to fight the menace of child abuse, domestic violence, baby factory in our society, as government alone cannot do it,” she said.