Mrs Bolaji Dada, the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Lagos, during the Grant-in-Aid presentation, said the gesture was to encourage NGOs whose area of focus deals with promoting and enhancing the affairs of women in the state.
Dada reiterated the Lagos state government’s commitment and support to programmes that affect the lives and well-being of its citizenry.
She said: “ Today, WAPA is extending our kind gesture and support to 54 women focused NGOs with a sum of N250, 000 each as ‘Grants-in Aid.
“In 2021, a sum of N100,000 each was given to 25 women-focused NGOs that were outstanding in their performances towards alleviating the plights of women residents in Lagos State.
“Having observed that most women-focused NGOs have judiciously utilised the funds they received last year in various capacities to the public, it behooves on us as a responsive government to continue to support more registered NGOs”.
The commissioner said the 54 beneficiaries were selected out of the over 300 NGOs registered under WAPA, based on their work and commitment toward women empowerment.
She, however, urged the NGOs to redouble their efforts by reaching out to more women through their various programmes.
“Your progress on this journey of lending the Lagos women residents a voice is of paramount interest to us.
“We want you to do more, that is why you are benefiting from this initiative.
“Feel free to inform us on recommendations that will enhance a conducive livelihood for our women,” Dada said.
Meanwhile, Mrs Adesola Olusoga-Bello, Vice-Coordinator of African Women Lawyers Association, Lagos Chapter, commended the Lagos state government for supporting female-focused NGOs through the grants.
She said: “This is a laudable initiative coming from the Lagos state government through WAPA.
“The state has always shown passion to things that are related to women and it is a good one that they are doing this through various NGOs,” she said