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Rural Agriculture Gets N3.7bn Boost From LAPO

Posted: Apr 3, 2016 at 3:05 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)
Francis Onoiribholo, Benin
Lift Above Poverty Organisation (LAPO), a leading Microfinance and Poverty-focused development institution, says it disbursed a total of N3,725,424,900 to improve food security and enhance the capacity and general living conditions of over 68,000 rural farmers in the 2015 financial year.
The N3.7 billion disbursement, according to LAPO, represents 45 per cent increase over the sum of N2,567,269,480 disbursed to clients in 2014 under the LAPO Agricultural and Rural Development Initiative (LARDI).
Sabina Idowu-Osehobo, LAPO Executive Director, disclosed this in Benin during the re-inauguration of LAPO Media Relations Committee (MRC) and review of the activities and impact of the organisation on target beneficiaries in 2015.
The executive director also disclosed that LAPO empowered 586,213 women and other vulnerable population across the country with health and social services in year 2015.
She said during the period under review, LAPO collaborated with the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) and Multisheild, a Health Management Organisation, to help all low-income and self-employed Nigerians such as traders, farmers, artisans, drivers and manual workers to receive free quality health care in partner hospitals across Nigeria.
She further revealed that LAPO screened 162,519 women and clients of LAPO Microfinance Bank (MFB) for common diseases in 2015 towards promoting early detection and management of such diseases, wherein beneficiaries were screened for HIV/AIDS, malaria, blood pressure, blood sugar and hepatitis in programme locations nationwide.
Idowu-Osehobo enumerated ill-health, poor nutrition, discrimination, low self-esteem, ignorance, social exclusion and gender inequity among other social issues being addressed by LAPO to tackle the non-credit causes and manifestations of poverty in the society.
She explained that under LAPO social empowerment services, about 3,247 women were sensitised on the dangers and solutions available for abused women and girls adding that 31 female rape victims received free legal aid during the period under review.
In attendance of the MRC re-inauguration and LAPO Performance review were accredited media practitioners; James Wisdom-Abhulimhen, Manager, Media Advocacy and Communication; Tessa Anota-Aizebeokhae, Manager, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation; Mr. Ayo Honestus Obadiora, Manager, LAPO Health; Florence Omofonmwan, Manager, LAPO Agriculturual and Rural Development Initiative, (LARDI); Adrew Udah and Manager, Social Marketing.