A foremost Nigeria based Non Governmental Organization, Center for Peace and Environmental Justice, CEPEJ, has empowered a group of petty traders in Lagos State with cash to enable them trade and manage their business even in the present prevailing economic situation in the country.
The beneficiaries of the maiden edition of CEPEJ EMPOWERMENT program are 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 sells tomatoes and pepper at Mafoluku, Oshodi and Sani Lawa, a male, with 4 children who deals mainly in amendment of clothes at Agboju market.
The cash disbursement was done at Lagos State office of CEPEJ located at 2 ASA Afariogun Street, Ajao Estate. In attendance were representatives of Government officials from the Oshodi/Isolo LGA Mr Ganiu Mejindade and the CEO of Out of School Children Empowerment Foundation, Mr Kelani Akeem Tolu.
They applauded CEPEJ for a job well done and promised to partner with the organisation in future similar program/initiatives.
The beneficiaries thanked CEPEJ for remembering them and promised to make good use of the cash gifts.
The National Coordinator of the Center, Comrade Sheriff Mulade who was represented by the Communications and Advocacy Manager, Mrs Victoria Ajayi while speaking with journalists commended the government on the positive changes so far in Lagos and however, charged them to partner with the organization so that the number of beneficiaries reached would be more than was achieved.