May 18, 2013 – Lagos State Government Employs 70 LAWMA Women Truck Drivers
The Lagos State Government on Friday said it has just employed 70 women as truck drivers as part of efforts to empower women in the state.
The Deputy Governor, Mrs Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, announced this at a news conference in Ikeja organised to mark Gov. Babatunde Fashola`s sixth year in office.
She said that the women had been trained on driving large vehicles before they were deployed to the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) as waste truck drivers. “We are also considering training and empowering women as taxi drivers.
We are currently examining some security risks that these women might face driving taxis. But we hope to partner with some hotels in the state on how we can attach some of these female taxi drivers to them so that we can track who they are dropping off in case there is a problem,“ she said.
Orelope-Adefulire, who oversees the Ministry of Women Empowerment, stressed that gender equality and women empowerment were top on the agenda of the Fashola administration.
She said the government had established a number of skills acquisition centres across the state. , saying that thousands of women had acquired trade skills at such centres, to set up their businesses.
She added that women entrepreneurs who were in need of tools and equipment for their trades had also been assisted by the government with such needs.