By Innocent Anaba
Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State has praised the efforts and determination of the National Poverty Eradication Programme (NAPEP) at reducing povertyÂ in the state.
Speaking at the presentation of cheques to 500 beneficiaries of In Care of the People (COPE) programme of the agency, Fashola said NAPEP had been playing a vital role in eradicating poverty and giving succour to the less-privileged members of the society.
The programme, which is one of the special and focal programmes of the Federal Government aimed at reducing poverty at the grassroots, was held at Agindingbi Town Hall, Ikeja.
Under the COPE programme, 500 people living in abject poverty were placed on N84,000 monthly salary each for the education of their children. The beneficiaries were selected based on the recommendations of community leaders and traditional rulers in their areas.
Fashola, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Mrs. Risikat Akiyode, said effort of NAPEP deserved serious commendation.
He said: â€œIt is a great pleasure for me to be in the midst of men and women who are determined to eradicate poverty and make life meaningful for the aged people, people living with HIV/AIDS, the widows and the victims of health related problem and I want to commend the initiative of NAPEP for coming up with a laudable idea aimed at improving the living standard of the beneficiaries of the COPE programme.â€
The Lagos State Coordinator of NAPEP, Prince Yakub Abiola-Aromasodu, had while declaring the programme open, advised the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the money to bring about the desired result.