ThE Lagos State Government has said it is ready to collaborate with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees to equip refugees in the five divisions of the state with vocational skills.
According to a statement on Sunday, the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Mrs Cecilia Dada, disclosed this during a courtesy visit by UNHCR’s delegation in Alausa, Ikeja.
She said, “The Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration would continue to protect vulnerable residents and displaced persons as well as equip them with vocational skills towards financial independence.
“Under the current leadership, Lagos has created various programmes and policies of inclusiveness, especially for vulnerable residents and refugees, in various areas, including education, health, and social services, to ease their integration into the society as well as ensure their wellbeing.”
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The Head of the Field Office, UNHCR Lagos, Mr Ephraim Kabura, noted that 29 refugees that have been previously trained are now financially independent.
“On behalf of my office, we are grateful for how responsive WAPA is to the plight of refugees in a bid to transform them from a state of dependence to financial contributors to the economy.
“So far, 29 refugees previously trained by WAPA are already doing well for themselves. We want a strengthened relationship with the ministry for the benefit of other refugees,” he stated.