A foremost Nigeria based Non Governmental Organization, Center for Peace and Environmental Justice, CEPEJ, has empowered a group of petty traders 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 programme 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 a Muslim who sells tomatoes and pepper at Mafoluku,Oshodi and Sani Lawa, a male,a Muslim 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 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 programme/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 Mulade Sheriff 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 but still charged them to partner with the organization so that the number of beneficiaries reached would be more than was achieved.
"Any faceless individual coming to create more anarchy in our region should desist and embrace peace, as we will not allow saboteurs to instigate unruly act here. We are ready to partner with the security forces to maintain peace in the Niger Delta"