A Non-Governmental Organisation, GADAL Capacity Development Foundation has collaborated with the Federal Institute for Research (FIIRO), Africa Franchise Centre (AFC) and Lagos Energy Academy (LEA) to train 500 street hawkers in Lagos state.
The hawkers, selected from eight different locations in the state will be trained in various capacities including solar, installation and assembly of solar, metering, garri production, among others.
Chairman of the event, Rear-Admiral Godwin Ndubuisi Kanu, who was represented by the Managing Partner Leading Edge Consulting, Dr. Ije Jidenma, pointed out that the problem of hawking and hawkers needed urgent attention by both the public sector and well-meaning private sector operators and development agencies.
He observed that Gadal’s approach of using empirical data to address a well-known challenge was quite useful in removing emotions from the problem and focusing on solutions to the problem.
Also speaking, a patron of Gadal, Mr. Paul Dozie Arinze elaborated on the importance of providing capacity development for hawkers in general and its ripple effect on the society at large and also said the foundation is partnering several individuals and organizations to advance the cause.
He said: “what Gadal has done is to understand this issue and how to build on this research to create solutions and programmes for the hawkers.”
Speaking at a presentation titled “Hawkers and the urban informal sector: A study of street hawking in Lagos state”, the founder, GADAL foundation, Kelechi Ekeghe emphasized on the need to empower street hawkers technically and as well, through skill acquisition.
During the presentation held at the Centre for Public Policy Alternatives (CPPA), Lagos, Ekeghe disclosed that GADAL foundation seeks to bring about a socially secure future for all Nigerians by economically empowering youths and harnessing the potentials of the informal sector of the economy.
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