Edo Govt Partners LAPO, UNICEF

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo says his administration will partner the United Nation’s International Children Education Fund (UNICEF) and Lift Above Poverty Organization (LAPO) to fasttrack the socio-economic development of the state, especially rural areas.

He made the declaration in Government House, Benin while receiving the Founder of LAPO, Dr Godwin Ehigimusoe and his management team.

Governor Obaseki said government was currently working with UNICEF to provide water in every community in the state within the next four to six years, adding that it would collaborate with LAPO in the water project, agriculture, Small and medium scale enterprise development in the state.

Obaseki commended the economic programme of LAPO which he attested has significantly improved access to finance and impacted positively on the lives of the poor, adding that government will collaborate with the LAPO Microfinance Bank to provide more capital to women traders as well as link them to sources of production.

Earlier, the Founder of LAPO, Dr Godwin Ehigiamusoe said the organization was willing and ready to partner the state government for the overall development of people in the state.

He said institutions in LAPO collectively disbursed N140.4 billion as loan to micro entrepreneurs within and outside the country in 2016 with N10.2 billion of the amount given to micro business owners in the state. He added that the organization was also involved in community development programmes geared towards improving the health status of people at the grassroots.

Acknowledging government as a lead development partner in any nation, Ehigiamusoe requested partnership with the state government in the provision of cancer screening centres/facilities in the state.

He listed other areas of collaboration to include rural medical outreaches across the state, micro, small and medium scale enterprises development consisting of access to finance, micro leasing and training.