The Lagos State Chapter of African Women in Leadership Organisation (AWLO), recently Unveiled her Grassroot Connect Empowerment Project (GCEP) on the 30th of May 2017, where 51 indigent women were empowered with different financial packages from Two Hundred Thousand to Twenty Five Thousand Naira, and over 300 Women given free cervical cancer screening.

The program was aimed at reaching out to the indigent women in Lagos State on the 50th anniversary of the State, and saw in Attendance the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation for Lagos State, Hon Lola Akande, and also the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary and Directors.

The Access Bank team led by the Group Head of Women and Inclusive Banking; Mrs. Ope Wemi-Jones was also on ground to empower the women by giving a free small-scale enterprise management and financial literacy training. Under the GCEP Project also, 30 Women are going to be trained by GCEP’s partner skill acquisition centers in Nigeria.

The Founder/President of AWLO; Hon. Elisha Attai, emphasized on the need for the beneficiaries to take the guidelines provided, to enable the visualization of the goals of the project, for their benefit and sustainability. The AWLO BOT Chairperson; Chief Opral Benson, AWLO Secretary General; Barr. Emem Daniel, Magistrate Helen Umana; AWLO Akwa Ibom State Coordinator.

The project also Attracted Notable Women who emerged as Ambassadors of the project, and the AWLO Lagos Chapter Coordinator; Mrs Maureen Omeibe, assured the indigent Women that GCEP was conceptualized to specifically bring relief to the needing population of Grassroot Women resident in Lagos.Trading Support was given out to the Women.

A monitoring team on strategy and implementation was also set up to ensure that the beneficiaries are being guided through the process of starting their businesses. The AWLO Lagos Coordinator promised that a repeat of the GCEP project will take place in December 2017 and will be far more reaching.