Lagos lauds foundation for empowering youths, women to reduce unemployment
The Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment, Lagos State, Mrs Yetunde Arobieke has commended the Joan Agha Foundation (JAF) for its effort in empowering women and youth towards self-reliance and reducing the rate of unemployment in the country.
Arobieke, who was represented by the Director of Entrepreneurship Development Department, Mrs Taiwo Abiose, gave the commendation at the 10th anniversary of the foundation held in Lagos.
The commissioner said the Lagos State government was appreciative of the foundation’s commitment to reduce the burden of unemployment by encouraging people to embrace self-employment.
This, she said, prompted the current administration to enhance the programmes of the Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment to empower the youth and reduce the rate of unemployment in the state.
“There is no greater gift than education and if we can empower the youth and women in our society by our efforts, we should help in bringing a change in the society. We need to ensure that the needs and perspectives of the youth and women are fully integrated into our efforts to build a peaceful, just and inclusive society.
“I commend your empowerment initiative with the major aim of energising the youth and women to explore the myriad of opportunities accessible, despite the enormous challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly amongst our youths,” she added.
The commissioner also sought for the foundation’s continued and active support towards economic prosperity and greatness through creativity, wealth creation and entrepreneurship.
Speaking earlier, the founder and President, JAF, Joan Agha, said through the financial support of donors, the foundation had, in 10 years, impacted over 12, 500 people.
She said about 120 women and youth’s had benefited from the grants and loans to start-up or expand their existing businesses.
Agha said the foundation had also trained 3, 108 women and youths on entrepreneurial capacity building as well as giving educational support to 370 students in primary, secondary and tertiary institutions.
She further noted that the foundation had provided 12 sewing machines to the Youth Vocational Training Institute (Holy Family Parish), located in Kasungu, Malawi, East Africa to empower orphans on vocational skills.
Agha, however, solicited for funds to boost the initiative among the under privileged in the society.