By OKUNADE ADEKUNLE
The Lagos State House of Assembly has charged the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation( WAPA) to be more proactive in ensuring the state government palliatives reach the real vulnerable in the society.
The Lawmakers made the charge to the ministry, during a fact finding parley held at the Assembly Complex on Wednesday with the House Committee on Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation.
The Committee assessed the activities of the Ministry regarding COVID-19 palliative package for the vulnerable in the State,to ascertain if the widows, single mothers and children were given priority.
In her comments, Chairman of the Committee, Hon.( Mrs.) Mojisola Alli-Macaulay, expressed the directives of the Speaker, Rt.(Hon) Mudashiru Obasa, saying that the welfare of Lagosians especially the vulnerable be given preference as it pertains distribution of the palliatives.
Alli-Macaulay said “At this point in time, the Ministry is critical to the Government in the distribution of COVID-19 palliative measures; so liaise with other ministries in order to ensure that the palliatives get to the grass root.”
“The Ministry need to come up with a better voice at making a stand for the vulnerable in Lagos State”.
While responding, the Commissioner For Ministry Of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Mrs Bolaji Dada, said that the Ministry was on top of the situation, adding that the ministry recognises the task before it and not relenting.
Other lawmakers in attendance were, Hon. Rotimi Olowo, Hon. Victor Akande, and Hon. Adewale Temitope.
Those present from the ministry were; the Commissioner, the Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Olayemi Kalesanwo and other management staff.