Alimosho Local Government in collaboration with Action Health Incorporated through Educating Nigerian Girls in New Enterprises (ENGINE II) is set to train and empower 1000 out-of-school girls.
The Programme Officer in Alimosho LG, Opeoluwa Arinola Alabi, disclosed this during a courtesy visit to the Council Chairman, Hon. Jelili Sulaimon on Friday, July 6.
She said that the initiative is aimed at improving the life of young people within the area and partnering with the council would better enhance its success.
According to her, the programme was introduced in 2014 and has succeeded in the training of girls in entrepreneurship, education, and also able to sustain its achievements over the years.
Alabi said, “This programme first started in 2014 and since then we have succeeded in training girls in entrepreneurship, education and we have been able to sustain that over the years.
“Partnering Alimosho local government will enable us penetrate the grassroots and would help us achieve the objectives and sustainability of the ENGINE II programme”.
The programme officer added that the programme will also partner with Lagos State Agency for Mass Education to enable the girls have functional literacy and numeracy skills.
She said, “The programme will also partner with Lagos State Agency for Mass Education to enable the girls have functional literacy and numeracy skills.”
In his reaction, the council chairman said that he is ready to collaborate with the organisation alongside the Department of International Development (DFID) and United Kingdom Agency for International Development (UKAID).
He said the collaborations would help to train more out-of-school girls on entrepreneurial skills and empower them.
Sulaimon noted that his administration has embarked on series of infrastructural development projects aimed at enrolling more children in schools particularly the girl child.
He added that girl-child education remains a top priority of his administration and he would his best to ensure that every girl child in the community is either trained and empowered or sent back to school.
He said, “We are ready to collaborate with this organisation alongside DFID and UKAID to train more girls that are out of school in entrepreneurial skill and empower them even when my administration has embarked on series of infrastructural development at enrolling more children in schools particularly the girl child.
“The girl child education is in our best interest and we will do everything possible to ensure that every girl child in the community is either trained and empowered or sent back to school”.
Special Assistant on Public Private Partnership (PPP), Hon. Yusuf appealed to other well-meaning organisations to collaborate with Alimosho Local Government to ensure that the interest of the girl child is taken care of.