As part of its efforts to alleviate poverty in Lagos State, the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation (WAPA), in collaboration with the Lagos State Universal Basic Education (LASUBEB), is set to commence Skills Acquisition training for indigent parents of public primary school pupils across the metropolis.

The Honourable Commissioner for WAPA, Mrs. Cecilia Bolaji Dada, disclosed this during a courtesy visit of LASUBEB’s Board Members to her office, reiterating that one of the mandates of the Ministry is to empower resourceful women who will adequately support their homes towards financial independence.

She said: “We are ready to go all out for parents who show the dire need for socio-economic impact in order to curb the fallout of primary school pupils who are prevented from acquiring needed education due to the parents’ lack of financial resources”.

“The recipients of the initiative will be selected from the social register collated by the Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget. As such, we expect sincere support from you to ensure a holistic process too. Mothers who certainly need support to ensure that their kids are back in school will be given economic resources to do so in line with the State’s policy of ‘Leave no Child Behind’”, Dada added.

The Executive Chairman, Lagos State Universal Basic Education (LASUBEB), Mr. Wahab Alawiye-King, who led the 10-Man delegation, stated that the planned collaboration with WAPA was part of an aggressive sensitisation aimed at ensuring that registered pupils of public primary schools are not impeded by social challenges being induced by the various financial incapabilities from their homes.

He informed that situations at homes affect the level of commitment pupils put into their education, noting that if mothers cannot adequately support their children, such development could affect or halt their school attendance.

The SUBEB Chairman said there is a need to ensure an all-inclusive experience that will provide a source of livelihood for such parents to cater for the educational needs of their kids, adding that this will contribute a lot to the social and educational progress of the State.

“As a Centre for Excellence, Lagos State is out to keep all children in school and off the streets”, Alawiye-King asserted.