By Victor Bieni
A foremost Nigeria based Non Governmental Organization, Center for Peace and Environmental Justice (CEPEJ) led by its National Coordinator, Comrade Sheriff Mulade has empowered a group of Widows who are petty traders with cash to enable them trade and manage their businesses to overcome the prevailing economic situation in the country.
Mulade made this known to our reporter yesterday in Asaba during one of his visit to his Organization’s branch office in the State Capital.
The activist cum social worker who named the beneficiaries of the maiden edition of the group empowerment program to include among others: Emily Nbezuo, a widow and a petty trader, who sells roasted yam, plantain and potatoes by the road side at Ajao Estate, Mrs Muyibat Odejobi, a petty trader, widowed with 3 children, who is a Muslim who sells tomatoes and pepper at Mafoluku,Oshodi and Sani Lawa, a male,a Muslim with 4 children who deals mainly in amendment of clothes at Agboju market.
He stated that the cash disbursement was done at Lagos State office of CEPEJ located at 2 ASA Afariogun Street, Ajao Estate. In attendance was a representative Government officials from the Oshodi/Isolo LGA Mr Ganiu Mejindade and the CEO of Out of School Children Empowerment Foundation Mr Kelani Akeem Tolu.
Some media men, Journalists in Lagos State applauded CEPEJ for a job well done and promised to partner with the organisation in future similar program/initiatives for Sustainable socio- economic development.
To this end, the beneficiaries of the empowerment programs Commended CEPEJ gesture for remembering them and promised to make good use of the cash gifts.
CEPEJ National Coordinator was represented by the group’s Communications and Advocacy Manager, Mrs Victoria Ajayi while commended the government on the positive changes so far in Lagos charged both the state Federal Government to partner with the organization so that the number of beneficiaries would increased for other less privileged Nigerians to key into the empowerment programs.