Sanwo-Olu Listens, gives succour to 50 vulnerable Lagosians



Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Tuesday brought succour to 50 families whose sources of income were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The relief was given through ”Sanwo-Olu Listens”, an initiative of the Lagos State Office of Civic Engagement to provide financial assistance to indigent citizens of state.

Presenting cheques to the beneficiaries at Alausa, Ikeja, Sanwo-Olu assured Lagosians that his administration would not relent in assisting the poor, the less privileged and vulnerable citizens in the state.

During the programme, 50 needy Lagosians, comprising the elderly, nursing mothers, youths and small scale business owners, received cheques from the governor to meet up with urgent needs.

The governor urged them to use the resources provided by the government appropriately.

In her address, Special Adviser, Office of Civic Engagement, Princess Aderemi Adebowale, thanked the governor for assisting the needy Lagosians.

”It is imperative to note that execution of this programme would not have been possible but for the approval and release of funds by our magnanimous and compassionate Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu,” Adebowale said.

She said that the office had equally put in place a monitoring team that would monitor the beneficiaries for effective and appropriate utilization of the grant.

Adebowale said that the 50 beneficiaries were among those whose walk-in applications and nominations from various platforms in the public domain were received, screened and shortlisted according to the degree and nature of their various financial challenges.

She said the process of selecting the beneficiaries for the financial support was transparent and rigorous, as an Intra-Ministerial Screening Committee was set up in the Office of Civic Engagement to facilitate the selection process.

”Sanwo-Olu Listens is borne out of the continuous aspirations of the Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu Administration to support struggling individuals in the State as clearly stated during Mr Governor’s electioneering campaign.

”It is an understatement that a lot of people need financial assistance to solve a mirage of challenges ranging from chronic ailments, accidents, diverse degrees of disasters, to loss of jobs, businesses and livelihoods occasioned by the prevalence of COVID-19 pandemic which has ravaged the world.

”This situation has prompted Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to initiate practical and progressive solutions towards providing succour to vulnerable Lagosians.

”As a listening Governor that cares for the citizenry, Mr Governor has risen to the occasion by assisting the needy in the state, hence our gathering here today.

”Mr Governor, on behalf of Lagosians, I cannot thank you enough for being a listening Governor with a humane heart.

”Your kind gesture, without any iota of doubt, will get to a good number of citizens, uplifting them socio-economically, and thus enhancing security, safety of lives and property and peaceful communal co-existence in the state,” the special adviser said.

Adebowale also disclosed that Gov. Sanwo-Olu on July 16, through the Office of Civic Engagement, completed the disbursement of financial assistance to 2,000 Lagosians under the ‘EkoCares’ initiative with the theme: ‘Go Forward – Grow Lagos’.

She said with the funds provided under the scheme, beneficiaries were exposed to business and investment opportunities requiring minimal start-up capital.

One of the beneficiaries, Mr Adelaja Bamigbosu, who was given money to purchase an artificial leg, lauded Gov. Sanwo-Olu’s demonstration of love and care to Lagosians.

Among the beneficiaries were Mrs Mercy Adetoun, who needed help to boost her sachet water business and Mrs Elizabeth Franklin, whose husband abandoned her after childbirth.

Also, Mrs Ayodeji Migbope and Aminat Oyeyinka were supported financially to improve their businesses to be able to take care of their respective families.


Edited By: Kevin Okunzuwa/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)


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