LASG Has Significantly Reduced Destitute Persons on Lagos Streets – Dawodu

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…Releases 1,983 Rehabilitated Persons For Re-Integration In One Year

The Honourable Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Mr. Olusegun Dawodu, on Tuesday, said Lagos has recorded a noticeable reduction in the number of destitute persons, beggars and street children across the metropolis in the last one year, attributing the development to the continued rehabilitation, social integration and rescue missions which had consistently ensured that these categories of people were constantly taken off the streets and given adequate attention.

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Speaking at a Ministerial Press briefing marking the one year anniversary of the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, at JJT Park, Alausa-Ikeja, the Commissioner disclosed that a total number of 1,983 beggars, destitute persons, mentally-challenged people and street children were rescued off the streets of Lagos in the last one year.

While maintaining that the Ministry remains committed in its resolve to create an enabling environment that promotes Youth and Social Development services to give succour to the vulnerable members of our society, Dawodu informed that a total number of 1,946 persons rescued from Lagos streets had been rehabilitated and released to their families for re-integration.

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He added that the rescue and rehabilitation efforts by the Ministry are still on-going in different parts of the State, stressing that the government will continue to strive to be the model Youth and Social Development Agency in Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa.

In the area of Human Integration, the Commissioner stated that “an analysis from our various homes, showing those who have reunited with their families and reintegrated into the society, are 31 persons under Institutional Care, 51 persons under Rehabilitation and 18 persons under Child Adoption/Care, making a total of 100 persons. We have also rescued 228 Children, comprising of 110 Male and 118 Female, from different forms of abuse”.

As a way of providing guidance and meeting school children’s individual, intellectual, social and emotional needs during the period under review, Dawodu revealed that a total number of 1,856 children benefitted from individual and group counselling in different areas ranging from absenteeism, cultism, and sexual abuse among several other vices.

He said that apart from its several rescue missions, the Ministry, in partnership with some private organisations, was also addressing the rate of unemployment among youths, noting that over 500 were trained in various vocations ranging from Makeovers and Gele Tying, Photography, Tailoring, Beads Making, Cosmetology, Art and Designing, GSM Repairs, Child Care Training etc. in the last one year.

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On the issue of Youth Centres, the Commissioner informed that some locations are currently undergoing reconstruction and renovation, the centres which are at Abesan, Lafiaji, Campos, Ojo-Oniyun and Ikeja are being renovated and equipped to train young people within the areas, thereby promoting social integration and reducing restiveness.

Dawodu disclosed further that the State government has commenced the construction of Adult Day Care Centres to complement the services rendered by the State-Owned Old People’s Home, Yaba, in order to expand the net of beneficiaries of vulnerable Senior Citizens’ care by the State Government, stressing that 145 Senior Citizens are now benefiting from the services rendered in the Old People’s Home, Yaba.

According to the Commissioner, the Ministry which is also responsible for the registration, monitoring, regulation of Homes, Orphanages, Crèche’s and Foundations, has within the last one year granted a total number of 137 Provisional Approvals to these private establishments out of which 94 of the approvals were in favour of Daycare, Creches and Playgroup Centres.

He disclosed that the State Government, within the last one year, released 105 children for bonding, 89 for Local Adoption and 16 for International Adoption.

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“A total number of 116 Adoption cases were legalised at various Family Courts, 86 for Local Adoption, 28 for International Adoption and two for Relatives’ Adoption”, Dawodu said.

Speaking on the achievements of the Lagos State Office for Disability Affairs, LASODA, being an agency under the supervision of the Ministry, the Commissioner reported that 300 Persons Living with Disabilities (PWDs) across the State were trained in January this year and empowered with equipment in different vocations.

The Vocational Training Programme, according to him, took place at three Centres across the State namely; Vocational Rehabilitation Centre for Persons with Disability, Owutu, Ikorodu; Spinal Cord Injury Association of Nigeria, Amuwo-Odofin; and Epe Recreation Centre, Epe.

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Asia Pacific Rayon Raises US$300m from National and International Affiliated Banks to Expand Production Capacity

  • Continued capital expenditure aims to boost production and support the recovery of Indonesian economy
  • Loan agreements aligned with Indonesian Government's strategy to drive investment growth in 2021
  • APR is a member of the RGE group of companies


JAKARTA, INDONESIA - Media OutReach - 12 April 2021 - Asia Pacific Rayon (APR), the largest integrated rayon fiber producer in Indonesia, today announced that it has secured a syndicated loan facility of Rp 4.5 trillion (US$300 million) with national and international affiliated banks. The funding will be used to support continued capital investment in the company's production facilities at Pangkalan Kerinci, Riau Province, Sumatra.

APR is vertically integrated through its supply chain, from renewable fiber plantations to high-value textile development. It commenced operations in 2019 and was formally inaugurated by President Jokowi Widodo in February 2020. APR plans to increase its production capacity over the coming year to capture the strong growth potential of viscose staple fiber (VSF), strengthening its market position in Indonesia and in export markets across the region. APR is a member of the RGE group of companies. Founded by Sukanto Tanoto, RGE manages a group of resource-based manufacturing companies with global operations.

The syndicated loan participating banks are PT Bank Rakyat Indonesia (Persero) Tbk, PT Bank Central Asia Tbk, PT Bank Pan Indonesia Tbk, PT Bank Pembangunan Daerah Jawa Barat, PT Bank Woori Saudara Indonesia 1906 Tbk and PT Bank KEB Hana Indonesia

The joint mandated lead arrangers and bookrunners for the syndicated loan are PT Bank Rakyat Indonesia (Persero) Tbk, PT Bank Central Asia Tbk, and PT BANK Pan Indonesia Tbk.

Basrie Kamba, Director, Asia Pacific Rayon, said: "This funding will be used to support continued investment in our operations in Kerinci. Rayon fiber, or viscose, is a textile raw material derived from sustainably managed plantations. As rayon is both renewable and biodegradable, it supports the trend towards sustainable fashion in Indonesia and in other markets around the world."

APR's planned expansion is aligned with the Indonesian Government's strategy to increase investment and boost employment to support the recovery of the country's economy and address the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Following the passing into law of the Omnibus Bill in October last year to streamline investment and stimulate job creation, President Widodo said last month that investment would be the key factor in achieving 5% economic growth in 2021.

"This loan facility and our continued investment in our operations are evidence of the growth potential of the viscose rayon sector in Indonesia and around the world. We are committed to supporting the Indonesian Government's efforts to improve the investment climate in export-oriented manufacturing industries, and its efforts to create upstream jobs in plantations and the processing of raw materials, and downstream opportunities in textile factories and related businesses," said Basrie.

Hari Setiawan, Executive Vice President of PT Bank Rakyat Indonesia (Persero) Tbk said : "As Representative of JMLAB and all lenders, I hope this collaboration will be useful to support the growth and development of PT Asia Pacific Rayon in increasing production and operations and also supporting the recovery of Indonesia's export growth."

"Support from BCA and other Banks reflect our confidence in APR, and as our contribution to promote a sustainable and environment friendly industry. We hope this cooperation will tighten our relationship as well," said Susiana Santoso, Executive Vice President of PT Bank Central Asia Tbk.


About Asia Pacific Rayon

Asia Pacific Rayon is the first fully integrated viscose rayon producer in Asia. Located in Pangkalan Kerinci, Riau, the company uses the latest production technology to produce high-quality rayon to meet textile needs. APR is committed to becoming a leading viscose rayon producer with the principles of sustainability, transparency and operational efficiency, serves the interests of the community and the country, and provides value to customers. APR is part of the RGE (Royal Golden Eagle) group of resource-based manufacturing companies. Sustainability is fundamental to APR. The APR Sustainability Policy, updated in September 2020, include additional commitments on pulp sourcing and clean manufacturing.


About RGE

RGE Pte Ltd manages a group of resource-based manufacturing companies with global operations. Our work ranges from the upstream, comprising sustainable resource development and harvesting, to downstream, where our companies create diverse value-added products for the global market. Our commitment to sustainable development underpins our operations, as we strive towards what is good for the community, good for the country, good for climate, good for customer, and good for company. RGE was founded in 1973. The assets held by RGE companies today exceed US$20 billion. With more than 60,000 employees, we have operations in Indonesia, China, Brazil, Spain and Canada and continue to expand to engage newer markets and communities. www.rgei.com

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