By Olasunkanmi Akoni
LAGOS — Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State is to meet market women, artisans, representatives of trade associations and other participants of the informal sector in the state as his administration marks 900 days in office on Saturday.

Fashola, who would lead another guest speaker at the Governor’s Forum in commemoration of his administration’s 900 days in office, would use the event to disclose how artisans particularly graduates of the state Skill Acquisition Centres could access the micro- credit scheme of the state government.

According to the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Opeyemi Bamidele, the programme with the theme:  “Increasing the efficiency of the informal sector: For a vibrant economy,” would avail them the opportunity of knowing what the administration had done to improve their well-being.

Bamidele also disclosed that Mr. Gbolahan Bakare, Managing Director of the Lagos State Micro Finance Institution (LASMI) would give details on how the micro credit scheme could be accessed by the operators in the informal sector.

Bamidele noted that the forum would enable the informal sector to benefit maximally from the programmes and policies of the state government, saying the focus of the state government was to enhance economic growth through the informal sector.

The commissioner said government intended to strengthen its impact and reduce poverty by showing additional interest in the sector that provided a livelihood to a large section of the society.

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