The Lagos State government has revealed that as part of its efforts to improve the number of orphans and vulnerable children in the state, it has empowered 250 householders with various start-up tools for self-reliance and independence.

The State Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Mr. Olusegun Dawodu, stated this on Thursday, during the Home Economic Strengthening initiative organized for orphans and vulnerable children at the Yaba Correctional Center for Children.

Dawodu said: “Poverty is the main cause of vulnerability and separation from households in our society today. That is why we are empowering 250 householders with various start-up tools for self-sufficiency and independence.

“Orphaned and vulnerable children are affected/infected by HIV/AIDS, malnourished due to extreme poverty, marginalized, stigmatized or even discriminated against and need care or protection.

“Home Economic Strengthening comprises a portfolio of interventions to reduce the economic vulnerability of families and empower them to meet the essential needs of the children they care for rather than rely on outside assistance.”

In her speech, Entrepreneur Coach, Ms. Victoria Ekarika, sensitized the program beneficiaries on a business plan, budget, financial discipline, savings culture, investment plan and record keeping to make them successful in business.

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