Hon. Sarah Ikubese, WAPA Supervisor, Oriade LCDA, Advocates Increased Government Initiatives in Grassroots Development, Empowers Over 200 Vulnerable Individuals

Supervisor for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation (WAPA) in Oriade Local Council Development Area (LCDA) Hon. Sarah Ikubese, has urged the Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation Ministries at both Federal and State levels on the need for increased government initiatives for grassroot development in Lagos state.

She made the call on Thursday when she gave out Christmas welfare packages to more than 200 vulnerable individuals in her community. The event was aimed not only to bring seasonal joy but also to shed light on the pressing need for enhanced government initiatives at the grassroots level

The event organized with the support of her husband Chief Austin Ikubese a community leader in the Oriade LCDA brought together  beneficiaries drawn from diverse backgrounds including churches, mosques, Navy Town, Satellite Town Forum (STF), artisans, and physically challenged persons across all seven wards of the LCDA, received cash support, bags of rice, and other valuable items.

Hon. Sarah Ikubese, a dedicated public servant, emphasized the importance of community support, urging Nigerians to extend love and kindness to the less privileged, particularly during the festive season.

In addition to the heartwarming gesture, Hon. Sarah Ikubese took the opportunity to advocate for increased government initiatives in grassroots development. She stressed the need for targeted programs that directly address the challenges faced by vulnerable individuals, acknowledging the role of government support in creating sustainable positive impact.

Expressing gratitude to sponsors and contributors, including Joyce International Ventures Limited, Winning Keys Consultant Nigeria Limited, and Wilmots and Company Nigeria Limited, Hon. Ikubese highlighted the critical role of partnerships in successfully implementing welfare programs.

Reacting to the laudable gesture, the husband to Hon. Sarah, Chief Austine Ikubese used the occasion to appeal to Lagos State government to make the Commissioner of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation in the state to have a compulsory quarterly or at least bi-annual meetings with all the 57 WAPA’S from the 57 Local Government and LCDA in the state such that they can come up programs that can touch lives of the people directly in order to alleviate poverty, develop human capital and ultimately build capacity.

The empowering Christmas welfare program serves as a reminder of the essential role that public officials play in fostering positive change at the local level. It also underscores the urgency for government intervention to address systemic issues and promote inclusive development in communities like Oriade LCDA.

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