Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Kwara lifts artisans with N100m loan
state while approving N1bn loans to civil servants.
Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed presented the cheque to the artisans in
Ilorin, according to a statement on Tuesday.
He also directed the 16 local governments in the state to initiate
similar revolving credit scheme for all artisans in their areas to
boost their businesses.
He said, "I am pleased to note that the Kwara State entrepreneurship
scheme, which started with N250m in 2012 has grown to a cumulative
N418m with 1,017 cooperative groups benefitting so far.
"Government's determination to fund the state artisans congress is
because they are important to the economic development of the state
and deserve all necessary support. Besides, it is part of our
strategies to address the problem of unemployment, reduce poverty and
boost the economic wellbeing of our people in tangible ways."
Ahmed emphasised that the loan should not be considered as part of
government largesse, but should be a revolving fund for indigenes.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Labour Matters, Bisi Fakayode,
said the loan scheme for artisans had made skilled workers more viable
and productive through cross-fertilisation of ideas among them.
"Each affiliated self-employed artisans group is mandated to register
a cooperative society with the Ministry of Commerce for easy access to
the revolving loan. All the 47 identified self-employed groups that
registered under the umbrella body of Kwara Artisans Congress have
been fully certified by the Ministry of Commerce to access the loan,"