The Lift Above Poverty Organisation (LAPO), has commended 69 beneficiaries in Edo for their prompt repayment of loans as well as investment with the organisation.Dr Honestus Obadiora, the Executive Director of LAPO, Non- Governmental Organisation (NGO), said this during the presentation of cooking gas and gas cylinders to the beneficiaries in Benin on Friday.Obadiora said that the beneficiaries had not defaulted in loan repayment for over 10 and 11 cycles of financial dealings with the organisation.“This gesture is under the LAPO Agriculture and Rural Development Initiative (LARDI).“We are meeting the needs of our clients and we are reviewing their products based on the current economic realities.“We also give our clients asset loans; buy them farming and business equipment and they pay in installment,” he said.Meanwhile, Mrs Osaro Onaghise, the Client Relations Manager, LAPO, said the 69 beneficiaries were selected from about 12,000 clients in Edo division.Onaghise said “iImageTitleSummaryCategoriesAuthorDatecategories_hfiltert is a new initiative to appreciate our customers who have long and committed financial dealings with us and we plan to make it an annual event”.According to her, the organisation has so far rewarded 250 clients in 18 divisional offices across 21 states.One of the beneficiaries, Mrs Loveth Onnoh, from Auchi, commended LAPO for the gesture, noting that LAPO loans had helped her businesses to grow.“I am happy that I am being recognised today. I have been a client of LAPO for 10 years and it has been awesome.”The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the beneficiaries were drawn from Jatto, Afuze, Okada and Benin.They were presented with gas cooker and Cylinder worth about N30,000 each.EEE
One hundred and twelve members of staff of the Lift Above Poverty Organisation (LAPO) on Thursday received N74 million cash award during the organisation’s 2022 long service and meritorious award.
Speaking at the event held in Benin, Dr Godwin Ehigiamusoe, the Chief Executive Officer of LAPO, said the award was a reward for hard work and promotion of the LAPO brand.
According to Ehigiamusoe, LAPO group believes that people are always our greatest assets.
“First, it is the unique nature of business and client, all our businesses are people oriented and we seek to impact on the standards of living of clients and customers.
“Secondly, we work mainly with people at the bottom-end of the society,” he said.
He said that the uncommon commitment, diligence and integrity of the staff, had made the organisation resilient in its more than 30 years of existence.
Meanwhile, the president, LAPO Staff Welfare Scheme, Mrs Amen Akenbor, commended the management of the organisation for recognising the dedication, commitment and excellent of staff.
Akenbor said the organisation had no doubt grown in leaps and bounds, due to the efforts put in by dedicated staff.
She, however, urged the awardees to see the recognition as a call to greater service as well as use their wealth of experience and expertise to mentor upcoming staff.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 468 employees, comprising staff, who had completed 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years of continuous service across the LAPO eco-system were given awards
The figure also includes 25 staff who received performance driven best staff award with automatic promotion.
NAN further reports that 98 staff who had worked for 15 years, got the sum of N500, 000 each and eight staff who had completed 20 years in service, received N1.5 million each.
Five staff, with 25 years of active service in the organisation, got N2 million each, while a staff who had been working in the organisation for 30 years was given N3 million.
Source Credit: NAN
LAPO, Micro-fice Bank (MfB) is collaborating with Mercy Corps, an international NGO, to support small farmers in Borno, Adamawa, Yobe and Gombe states.
Both organizations consummated the collaboration on Saturday, in Abuja, while signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to that effect.
Cynthia Ikponmwosa, CEO of LAPO MfB, said the collaboration was in fulfillment of the bank's mandate of social and economic empowerment of vulnerable members of society.
Ikponmwosa said that MfB promoted interventions such as access to government services for small farmers and other micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in Nigeria.
“This MoU re-emphasizes our 30-year mandate of economic empowerment of low-income household members, who are the most vulnerable.
“We further contribute to improving official inclusion and rural economic resilience,” he said.
He expressed his hope for a fruitful collaboration with Mercy Corps as it seeks to support small farmers in parts of the insurgency-torn Northeast to improve their agricultural yields and economic power.
Ndubisi Anyanwu, Mercy Corps country director, said the corps is a global human development organization committed to improving the lives of vulnerable people around the world.
Anyanwu said the MoU with LAPO MfB had created an opportunity to expand and promote economic growth, while reducing hunger among vulnerable Nigerians.
“This is our decade of operation in Nigeria and we have been able to empower thousands of our vulnerable beneficiaries in the areas of official inclusion, education, income generation, agriculture, sanitation and hygiene.
“These are our focus areas. This MoU gives us the opportunity to expand our impact of promoting agriculture, promoting economic growth and reducing hunger,” he said.
He added that collaboration with LAPO would reduce poverty and increase access to improved agricultural practices and greater official inclusion for vulnerable people in the Northeast.
"It is the union of like-minded people to improve agricultural practices and economic activities in the country," he said.
Margarita Aswani, Mercy Corps Party Chief, said the project was funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), with the support of the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC).
“We started with $30 million dollars, in July 2021 they gave us an additional $50 million dollars.
“Our goal is to directly benefit 540,000 small farmers and producers. They also want us to expand to Benue, Kebbi, Ebonyi and Niger states,” he said.
The Nigerian News Agency reports that the MoU promoted Mercy Corps' "Feed the Future" initiative, a five-year USAID-funded program to facilitate economic recovery and growth in conflict-affected areas.
Benin Medical Care (BMC) claims to have recorded no maternal deaths since its creation in 2019.
Dr Oluwagbemiga Durojaiye, director general (CEO) of the hospital, revealed this during the hospital's second anniversary celebration held in Benin on Monday.
Durojaiye said the hospital, established by the Organization Above Poverty (LAPO), was established to improve the health status of the population through the provision of quality health services.
According to him, the hospital has had 270 deliveries since its inception through normal deliveries and Caesarean sections without any records of maternal mortality.
He attributed the zero deaths of pregnant women during and after childbirth to effective antenatal services as well as rapid responses.
The CEO also said the hospital had more than 30,000 consultations, around 1,400 admissions and more than 400 surgeries during the period under review.
“We performed an exceptional knee replacement and transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP).
“The hospital is committed to using advanced technology and a patient-centered approach to meet the health needs of the population,” he said.
He said the hospital looked forward to doing more in preventive medicine, minimal access surgeries and robotic medicine.
“We want to help people become aware of their health through outreach and the need for them to have regular health check-ups even when they are not feeling sick.
“We look forward to staff development; training and retraining, international collaborations, making our dialysis center functional and partnering with the LAPO C4 program ”, he declared.
The highlight of the event was the inauguration of the VIP clinic at the hospital to provide managerial care in a warm environment.
Former President Goodluck Jonathan stressed the need to give the National Cancer Control Plan (NCCP 2018-2022) strong support to overcome the effects of cancer in Nigeria.
Jonathan launched the appeal at an event organized by the organization Poverty, labeled "Promoting the Community Cancer Control Program in Nigeria: LAPO-C4 INITIATIVE".
According to him, the current National Cancer Control Plan (PNCE 2018 - 2022) which is an emanation of the first National Cancer Control Plan (NCCP 2008 - 2013), has identified a complete set of seven objectives.
“It covers prevention, treatment, care, advocacy, data management, logistics and governance.
“I task all stakeholders to give the plan the support it so badly needs for effective implementation.
“This will ensure that our country makes significant progress in the management and treatment of cancer.
“It will also guide us to aim to become a leader in the development of cancer management models in Africa.
“Cancer management is quite expensive and depends on technology, but local solutions like community-based LAPO C4 offer us hope,” he said.
Jonathan said that with the effort and manpower required, the country could develop a system that works for its particular environment.
He said that with such an effort, it would give the country the best possible results and reduce the possibility of loss of life.
The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, represented, Director, Traditional Complementary and Alternative Medicine, advocated synergy between the government and civil society in the fight against cancer in the country.
He said: “I would like to reiterate that the ministry is delighted to collaborate with LAPO and all other organizations in the fight against cancer in Nigeria, as well as to continue to strengthen the synergy between the NCCP and civil society organizations ( OSC) ”.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that a former deputy governor of Edo, Chief Mike Oghiadomhe, who is a cancer survivor, has identified early detection as the key to the fight against cancer.
“Early detection of cancer offers the possibility of effective treatment and full recovery.
“As a cancer survivor, I can attest to the effectiveness of early detection,” Oghiadomhe said.
LAPO President Dr Osaren Emokpae appealed for the support of well-meaning people in establishing subsidized cancer screening and treatment centers across the country.