LAPO Empowers 440,598 Women With Agric, Social, Health Services
Lift Above Poverty Organization (LAPO) reached 440,598 community members, majority of whom are women with Agriculture, health and social empowerment information and services in 2013 towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
General Manager, Sabina Idowu-Osehobo who disclosed this while reviewing the performance of the organization during the year explained that 212,037 persons of the total number received direct services while the rest were reached through Information, Enlightenment and Communication materials.
Princess Oronsaye, Others Win LAPO Outstanding Women Leadership Award
Princess (Mrs) Katherine Oronsaye, the founder of Oronsaye Orphanage has won the prestigiousLAPO Outstanding Women Leadership Award, 2013 alongside Mrs. Bawa Victoria Kuchume and Grace Idaehor Osakue.
Princess Oronsaye won under the Public Life Category while Mrs. Kuchume, the chief executive officer of Jinji Integrated Services Limited and Osakue, co-founder and coordinator of Girls Power Initiative (GPI) emerged winners under Business and Professional categories respectively.
LAPO Improves Public Health, Screens 76,959 Women for Common Diseases
LAPO screened 76,959 women for common diseases such as HIV, malaria, blood pressure (BP), blood sugar, hepatitis and diabetes during the year 2013 towards promoting quality health and healthy living amongst community members.
General Manager, Sabina Idowu-Osehobo disclosed this while assessing the impact of the health programmes implement by the organization during the year, adding that a total of 145,511 persons were reached with health services across the country.
354 Clients Benefit From Agric Credit Guarantee Fund
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has granted 354 clients of LAPO a total rebate of two million naira for successfully repaying insured agricultural loans accessed from the microfinance bank under the Agricultural Credit Guarantee Scheme Fund (ACGSF).The Fund, managed by the Central Bank of Nigeria, guarantees credit facilities extended to farmers by LAPO and other banks up to 75% of the amount in default net of any security realized.
Women have been advised to confront and resist obnoxious socio-cultural practices, belief system, customs and traditions inhibiting their progress and enjoyment of good life.
Addressing women during a legal sensitization programme in Benin City, the Manager of LAPO's Legal Aid Unit, Barr. Vera Asenoguan observed that a lot was yet to be done to improve and safeguard the rights of women, adding that no meaningful development can be attained in an atmosphere of injustice.
LAPO enlightened 3,075 women on fundamental human rights in 2013 as well as defended the rights of 26 others who were unable to afford legal services.
General Manager, Sabina Idowu-Osehobo who disclosed this recently, criticized the humiliating and barbaric treatment women are usually subjected, especially at the demise of their husbands, stressing that it was offensive and unconstitutional to subject women to any form of abuse under the guise of religious or customary practices.