By Emmanuel Okogba
Ajeromi Ifelodun local government area of Lagos state has partnered with Lontor- makers of high-quality, energy-efficient, convenient lighting and emergency household electrical products to empower youths and the elderly to help reduce unemployment and dependence.
The event which held at the Council secretariat last Friday saw a total of 50 entrepreneurs receive different Lontor products worth N30,000 each while 100 elderly men and women got stipends of N10,000 each as the Ayoola administration seeks to reintroduce monthly financial aid at the grassroot level.
Top on the list of the beneficiaries was a former Special Adviser on Health, Mrs. Badmus Bolajoko who went home with N1million naira Lontor Power house package alongside four others.
The chairman, Hon Fatai Ayoola who personally gave out the packages to the beneficiaries stressed that the essence of the empowerment was to take many people off the streets, and get them busy and productive”
Speaking also at the event, Jubril Arogundade, who is the CEO Lontor Pays Scheme explained that the aim of the programme is to empower the vibrant unemployed youths across Lagos state through the Lontor Pays system and to enable them get a means of livelihood and make a fortune for themselves.
Explaining further on how the scheme works, he said unlike the traditional Direct Sales Scheme for companies, the Lontor Pays has plans (School Bag, Kiosk and Branch Shop), that cut across all spheres of interested persons, including the young and the old, with fantastic commissions and bonuses.
According to Jubril, the empowerment will cover the twenty Local Government Areas in Lagos state with the next stop being Bariga in Shomolu local government.
The empowerment programme which is the first of its kind in the local government will be organized annually.