By Temitope Akintoye,
The Lagos State Government has disclosed that it has commenced a sensitization drive across the Local Government Areas (LGA) and Local Council Development Areas (LCDA) within the state, with aim to enlighten residents on information concerning the Federal Government Conditional Cash palliative program.
It said that the sensitization drive was aimed at ensuring that residents understood what the cash palliative entailed as well as giving adequate information with which people could participate in the program.
The Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment, Yetunde Arobieke, said that it was important that people were enlightened on the cash palliative program as it would reduce the financial burden on local authorities, as well as mitigate hardships felt by Lagosians as a result of the rising incidence of coronavirus within the state.
Arobieke, in a statement released on Monday, disclosed that the registration of would-be beneficiaries had commenced within the state and that sensitization of more residents was pertinent in order to ensure the successful disbursement of the palliative to qualified persons across Lagos.
She revealed that the sensitization drive would be limited to LGA’s and LCDA’s that had been slated to participate in the first phase of the cash palliative disbursement, saying that vulnerable residents within such regions would be targetted as beneficiaries.
“Extending the Federal Government’s initiative, aimed at alleviating the standard of living of the poor masses in the country, including Lagos State, is a gesture that will further boost the economic viability of our dear State and uplift the vulnerable households in Lagos”, she said.
Arobieke commended the commitment of the State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to the success of the palliative distribution program, saying that his insistence that training must commence within the state had been admirable.
In response, the Chairmen of the visited councils expressed appreciation to the state government for the cash palliative program and assured the governor of adequate support for the successful implementation of the disbursement within their regions.
The Local Councils so far visited by the Commissioner and her team include Amuwo Odofin, OriAde LCDA, Apapa LGA, Apapa-Iganmu LCDA, Ibeju-Lekki LGA, Lekki LCDA, Lagos Island East LCDA and Lagos Island LGA, among others.