An Ilorin-based Non Governmental Organisation (NGO), Tamirah Well-being Initiative, has distributed food items to enterpreneurs in Ilorin to cushion the effects of the lockdown aimed at curtailing the spread of the COVID-19.
The founder of the NGO, Mrs Rukayat Yahaya, said at the presentation of the palliatives in Ilorin that the gesture would go a long way in assisting beneficiaries.
She said her desire to assist entrepreneurs in the state was borne out of the zeal and determination to mitigate the negative impacts occasioned by COVID-19.
Yahaya, who is the CEO of Tamirah Digital, commended the state government, especially, the Technical Committee on COVID-19, for supporting the NGO with 200 bags of 5kg rice, 200 cartons of spaghetti and 25 bags of sugar.
She said that no fewer than 1,120 business owners had registered online to benefit from the NGO’s initiative.
The NGO, she added, gave palliatives to no fewer than 200 people in the first and second phases of the initiative.
Yahaya solicited for the continuous assistance of the state government in the area of loans and special grants for entrepreneurs in order to surmount the challenges of a post-COVID-19 era.
Earlier, the state Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy affairs, Hajia Aishat Ahman-Patigi, had commended the NGO for its gesture.
The commissioner explained that government alone could not bear the responsibility of providing for the needy and called for more support from NGOs.
She added that government would be ready to work with responsibile NGOs to move the state forward.
Ahman-Patigi urged small business owners not to see the COVID-19 as a threat to their businesses but rather as an opportunity to showcase their entrepreneurial skills and potentials
Some of the beneficiaries, who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria , expressed gratitude to the NGO and urged government at all levels to assist them with grants.
Edited By: Angela Okisor/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)