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  •  Kwara Government has donated 50 mini buses to transporters in the state as part of its empowerment programme Gov Abdulrahman Abdulrazak presented the buses to the National Union of Road Transport Workers NURTW and Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria RTEAN on Tuesday in Ilorin In a speech Abdulrazak said the gesture was intended to enhance their business and economy The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the donation was made by the government in partnership with a finance company Abdulrazak represented by the Commissioner for Works Mr Iliasu Rotimi also said that the donation was meant to ease the transportation of goods and commuters in the state He said that the event was the second phase of his administration s community transport intervention project He said that the first phase of the intervention took place in August 2021 The governor said that the administration also donated 100 tricycles to the Tricycle Owners and Operators Association of Nigeria He advised the beneficiaries to take advantage of the government s kind gesture to enhance their economy He also said that they were expected to repay N3 7 million on each of the vehicles within 18 months This intervention is worth N125 million as provided by Self Employment Assistance Program SEAP The government on its part guarantees the facility for the benefit of our people he said Abdulrazak commended the management of SEAP for always supporting the state particularly in the area of transportation He said We want to ensure shared prosperity We have also created direct and indirect jobs to take many of our young population out of idleness through various interventions We are confident that your meticulous use of these vehicles will generate more economic values for our people It is my belief that NURTW and RTEAN will continue to partner our government as we strive daily to give our people a new lease of life The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Community Intervention Mr Kayode Oyin Zubair also urged the transporters to make maximum use of the opportunity to improve their economy Oyin Zubair further appealed to them to always save money from their daily proceeds to make repayment easier NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Kwara Govt. donates 50 mini-buses to NURTW, RTEAN
     Kwara Government has donated 50 mini buses to transporters in the state as part of its empowerment programme Gov Abdulrahman Abdulrazak presented the buses to the National Union of Road Transport Workers NURTW and Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria RTEAN on Tuesday in Ilorin In a speech Abdulrazak said the gesture was intended to enhance their business and economy The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the donation was made by the government in partnership with a finance company Abdulrazak represented by the Commissioner for Works Mr Iliasu Rotimi also said that the donation was meant to ease the transportation of goods and commuters in the state He said that the event was the second phase of his administration s community transport intervention project He said that the first phase of the intervention took place in August 2021 The governor said that the administration also donated 100 tricycles to the Tricycle Owners and Operators Association of Nigeria He advised the beneficiaries to take advantage of the government s kind gesture to enhance their economy He also said that they were expected to repay N3 7 million on each of the vehicles within 18 months This intervention is worth N125 million as provided by Self Employment Assistance Program SEAP The government on its part guarantees the facility for the benefit of our people he said Abdulrazak commended the management of SEAP for always supporting the state particularly in the area of transportation He said We want to ensure shared prosperity We have also created direct and indirect jobs to take many of our young population out of idleness through various interventions We are confident that your meticulous use of these vehicles will generate more economic values for our people It is my belief that NURTW and RTEAN will continue to partner our government as we strive daily to give our people a new lease of life The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Community Intervention Mr Kayode Oyin Zubair also urged the transporters to make maximum use of the opportunity to improve their economy Oyin Zubair further appealed to them to always save money from their daily proceeds to make repayment easier NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Kwara Govt. donates 50 mini-buses to NURTW, RTEAN
    Economy2 months ago

    Kwara Govt. donates 50 mini-buses to NURTW, RTEAN

    Kwara Government has donated 50 mini buses to transporters in the state as part of its empowerment programme.

    Gov. Abdulrahman Abdulrazak presented the buses to the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) on Tuesday in Ilorin.

    In a speech, Abdulrazak said the gesture was intended to enhance their business and economy.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the donation was made by the government in partnership with a finance company.

    Abdulrazak, represented by the Commissioner for Works, Mr Iliasu Rotimi, also said that the donation was meant to ease the transportation of goods and commuters in the state.

    He said that the event was the second phase of his administration’s community transport intervention project.

    He said that the first phase of the intervention took place in August 2021. The governor said that the administration also donated 100 tricycles to the Tricycle Owners and Operators Association of Nigeria.

    He advised the beneficiaries to take advantage of the government’s kind gesture to enhance their economy.

    He also said that they were expected to repay N3.7 million on each of the vehicles within 18 months.

    “This intervention is worth N125 million as provided by Self Employment Assistance Program (SEAP) .

    “The government on its part guarantees the facility for the benefit of our people,” he said.

    Abdulrazak commended the management of SEAP for always supporting the state, particularly in the area of transportation.

    He said: “We want to ensure shared prosperity.

    “We have also created direct and indirect jobs to take many of our young population out of idleness through various interventions.

    “We are confident that your meticulous use of these vehicles will generate more economic values for our people.

    “It is my belief that NURTW and RTEAN will continue to partner our government as we strive daily to give our people a new lease of life.

    ” The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Community Intervention, Mr Kayode Oyin-Zubair, also urged the transporters to make maximum use of the opportunity to improve their economy.

    Oyin-Zubair further appealed to them to always save money from their daily proceeds to make repayment easier.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Some environmental sustainability experts on Friday urged governments to put in place efficient systems to enforce regulations that would eliminate e waste in the country The experts made the call at Students Sustainability and E waste Awareness Programme SEAP held at the Federal College of Education Technical Secondary School Akoka Lagos State The Managing Director of Waste Exchange Ltd Mr Taiwo Adewole said that there was need to develop an effective policy framework targeted at eliminating e waste Adewole also said that governments should encourage investment in local e waste standard recycling He added that governments should encourage national information technology initiatives that would reduce dependence on importation of electronics and promote green development The Nigerian Government the Global Environment Facility and UN Environment have announced a 15 million initiative to kick off a circular electronics system in Nigeria Up to 100 000 people work in the informal electronic waste sector in Nigeria processing half a million tonnes of discarded appliances every year Safe e waste recycling has enormous economic potential with 100 times more gold in a tonne of e waste than in a tonne of gold ore he said According to him interventions should include development of e waste regulation Adewole however said that accurate figures for rapidly increasing e waste volumes generated domestically and by imports were not available Mr Yusuf Olabanji an engineer at the Lagos State Waste Management Authority said that the state had take steps to formalise activities in the informal sector Olabanji said that there were 30 collections centres to formally handle e wate in Lagos State to address the hazardous components Mrs Chidiadi Ibekwe a Content Development Executive of E waste Relief Foundation said that e waste was constituting a huge problem world over Ibekwe said that e waste had negative impacts on the environment through toxins that affected food chain and livestock He added that e waste increased carbon footprint on the planet which caused climate change She called on regulatory agencies to ensure that individuals groups and organisations would properly dispose of their e waste The News Agency of Nigeria reports that SEAP is an awareness programme for secondary school students It is organised by E waste Relief Foundation NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Environmental sustainability experts  seek more effective  policy on e-waste
     Some environmental sustainability experts on Friday urged governments to put in place efficient systems to enforce regulations that would eliminate e waste in the country The experts made the call at Students Sustainability and E waste Awareness Programme SEAP held at the Federal College of Education Technical Secondary School Akoka Lagos State The Managing Director of Waste Exchange Ltd Mr Taiwo Adewole said that there was need to develop an effective policy framework targeted at eliminating e waste Adewole also said that governments should encourage investment in local e waste standard recycling He added that governments should encourage national information technology initiatives that would reduce dependence on importation of electronics and promote green development The Nigerian Government the Global Environment Facility and UN Environment have announced a 15 million initiative to kick off a circular electronics system in Nigeria Up to 100 000 people work in the informal electronic waste sector in Nigeria processing half a million tonnes of discarded appliances every year Safe e waste recycling has enormous economic potential with 100 times more gold in a tonne of e waste than in a tonne of gold ore he said According to him interventions should include development of e waste regulation Adewole however said that accurate figures for rapidly increasing e waste volumes generated domestically and by imports were not available Mr Yusuf Olabanji an engineer at the Lagos State Waste Management Authority said that the state had take steps to formalise activities in the informal sector Olabanji said that there were 30 collections centres to formally handle e wate in Lagos State to address the hazardous components Mrs Chidiadi Ibekwe a Content Development Executive of E waste Relief Foundation said that e waste was constituting a huge problem world over Ibekwe said that e waste had negative impacts on the environment through toxins that affected food chain and livestock He added that e waste increased carbon footprint on the planet which caused climate change She called on regulatory agencies to ensure that individuals groups and organisations would properly dispose of their e waste The News Agency of Nigeria reports that SEAP is an awareness programme for secondary school students It is organised by E waste Relief Foundation NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Environmental sustainability experts  seek more effective  policy on e-waste
    Environment3 months ago

    Environmental sustainability experts  seek more effective  policy on e-waste

    Some environmental sustainability experts on Friday urged  governments to put in place efficient systems to enforce regulations that would eliminate  e-waste in the country.The experts made the call at Students  Sustainability  and E-waste Awareness  Programme (SEAP)  held at the Federal  College of  Education (Technical) Secondary School, Akoka, Lagos State.The Managing Director of Waste Exchange Ltd., Mr Taiwo  Adewole,   said that  there was need to develop an effective policy framework targeted at eliminating e-waste.Adewole also said that governments should  encourage investment in local e-waste standard recycling.He added that governments should encourage national information technology initiatives that would reduce dependence on importation of electronics and promote green development.‘’The Nigerian Government, the Global Environment Facility and UN Environment have announced a $15-million initiative to kick-off a circular electronics system in Nigeria.‘’Up to 100,000 people work in the informal electronic waste sector in Nigeria, processing half a million tonnes of discarded appliances every year.‘’Safe e-waste recycling has enormous economic potential, with 100 times more gold in a tonne of e-waste than in a tonne of gold ore,’’ he said.According  to him, interventions should include development of e-waste regulation.Adewole, however, said that  accurate figures  for rapidly increasing e-waste volumes generated domestically and by imports were not available.Mr Yusuf Olabanji, an engineer at the Lagos State  Waste Management  Authority, said that the   state had take steps to formalise activities  in  the informal sector.Olabanji said that there  were 30 collections centres to formally handle  e-wate in Lagos State to address  the hazardous  components.Mrs Chidiadi  Ibekwe, a  Content  Development  Executive of E-waste  Relief  Foundation, said that e-waste was constituting a huge problem world over.Ibekwe said that e-waste  had  negative impacts on the environment through  toxins that affected food chain and  livestock.He added that e-waste increased carbon footprint  on the planet which  caused climate change.She called   on regulatory  agencies to ensure that individuals, groups and organisations would properly dispose of their e-waste.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that SEAP is an awareness  programme for secondary  school  students.It is  organised by E-waste  Relief FoundationNewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Global Hope for Women and Children Foundation GLOHWOC an NGO says it will empower more than 120 vulnerable indigents in Kwara for self sustenance and reliance Mrs Christy Abayomi Oluwole the foundation s Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director disclosed this during the inauguration of a 15 member committee for the empowerment project in Omu Aran Irepodun Local Government Area of the state Abayomi Oluwole said the empowerment project under the theme Gender Equality and Women Empowerment scheme was in collaboration with Actionaid and Global Affairs Canada She said the empowerment is also expected to attract vulnerable women girls and cooperative groups as beneficiaries from Ilorin South and Irepodun councils of the state The project under Women s Voice and Leadership Project is a five year Global Affairs Canada development assistance aimed at assisting women rights organisation and their movement in their efforts to eliminate discrimination rights violation policy and legislation According to her the project is meant to identify vulnerable persons especially women girls and non registered cooperative societies for financial literacy assistance for them to be self sufficient and legally registered to function effectively She said GLOHWOC was already operational in other states such as Bauchi Cross River Enugu and Lagos to impact positively on the living standard of the beneficiaries The GLOHWOC chief executive said the inauguration of the steering committee was to ensure proper monitoring assessment guidance and evaluation of the project execution for better result She said the committee was expected to provide a predictable transparent and credible process to all parties toward a fairy effective and sustainable outcome She said that the benefits of the committee were to provide information about the project implementation and to facilitate effective communication between the project initiator as well as the beneficiaries Abayomi Oluwole enjoined members to imbibe the characteristics of an effective steering committee which included been accessible to all beneficiaries and having a systematic way of recording and monitoring the progress of the project She said the selected beneficiaries through the help of the councils involved the stakeholders and community leaders would be trained counseled re orientated and also assisted with seed grant in form of cash tokens after approval by the major sponsor for them to be self sufficient and reliance She commended members of the committee for their sacrifices and assured them of its organisation s support at all times saying only a collective effort of stakeholders can achieve the desires aims and objectives Mrs Akintunde Akinyosola the Project Programme Officer said the project objective is to improve the standard of living of women and girls increase the proportion of women and girls that have access to financial education She said that the project would also promote economic empowerment and sustainable livelihood as well as promote agriculture extension services among women and girls Responding Mr Abiodun Owolabi the Chairman of the committee pledged the commitment and support of the members toward actualising the goals of the empowerment project Owolabi a lecturer with Fountain University Osogbo said no sacrifice was too much toward impacting on the less privilege and vulnerable in the society especially women and girls The Nigeria News Agency reports that a stakeholders meeting was earlier held to sensitise representatives of different organisations involved in the project on the modus operadi of the project Highlight of the inauguration was the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding MoU between the committee and GLOHWOC Other members of the committee included Alhaji Salahideen Abdulganiyu Vice President Omu Aran Development Association ODA Mrs C T Oyedepo Women Development Officer Irepodun LGA and Mrs Elizabeth Alori Head of Programmes Crop and Soil Science Landmark University Omu Aran Mrs Aremu Roseline representing Oko community Mrs Ayodele Opeyemi Senior Manager SEAP Microfinance Mrs Popoola Amudalat Ameerah Federation of Muslim Women Association in Nigeria FOMWAN and Mrs Abanise Arinola Cash Transfer office Irepodun LGA are also members of the committee Besides Mrs R O Akintunde Women Wing of Christian Association of Nigeria WOWICAN Irepodun LGA and Mr Adedayo J O HOD Agriculture Irepodun LGA would serve on the committee Edited By Abigael Joshua Muhammad Suleiman Tola
    NGO empowers 120 vulnerable persons in Kwara
     The Global Hope for Women and Children Foundation GLOHWOC an NGO says it will empower more than 120 vulnerable indigents in Kwara for self sustenance and reliance Mrs Christy Abayomi Oluwole the foundation s Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director disclosed this during the inauguration of a 15 member committee for the empowerment project in Omu Aran Irepodun Local Government Area of the state Abayomi Oluwole said the empowerment project under the theme Gender Equality and Women Empowerment scheme was in collaboration with Actionaid and Global Affairs Canada She said the empowerment is also expected to attract vulnerable women girls and cooperative groups as beneficiaries from Ilorin South and Irepodun councils of the state The project under Women s Voice and Leadership Project is a five year Global Affairs Canada development assistance aimed at assisting women rights organisation and their movement in their efforts to eliminate discrimination rights violation policy and legislation According to her the project is meant to identify vulnerable persons especially women girls and non registered cooperative societies for financial literacy assistance for them to be self sufficient and legally registered to function effectively She said GLOHWOC was already operational in other states such as Bauchi Cross River Enugu and Lagos to impact positively on the living standard of the beneficiaries The GLOHWOC chief executive said the inauguration of the steering committee was to ensure proper monitoring assessment guidance and evaluation of the project execution for better result She said the committee was expected to provide a predictable transparent and credible process to all parties toward a fairy effective and sustainable outcome She said that the benefits of the committee were to provide information about the project implementation and to facilitate effective communication between the project initiator as well as the beneficiaries Abayomi Oluwole enjoined members to imbibe the characteristics of an effective steering committee which included been accessible to all beneficiaries and having a systematic way of recording and monitoring the progress of the project She said the selected beneficiaries through the help of the councils involved the stakeholders and community leaders would be trained counseled re orientated and also assisted with seed grant in form of cash tokens after approval by the major sponsor for them to be self sufficient and reliance She commended members of the committee for their sacrifices and assured them of its organisation s support at all times saying only a collective effort of stakeholders can achieve the desires aims and objectives Mrs Akintunde Akinyosola the Project Programme Officer said the project objective is to improve the standard of living of women and girls increase the proportion of women and girls that have access to financial education She said that the project would also promote economic empowerment and sustainable livelihood as well as promote agriculture extension services among women and girls Responding Mr Abiodun Owolabi the Chairman of the committee pledged the commitment and support of the members toward actualising the goals of the empowerment project Owolabi a lecturer with Fountain University Osogbo said no sacrifice was too much toward impacting on the less privilege and vulnerable in the society especially women and girls The Nigeria News Agency reports that a stakeholders meeting was earlier held to sensitise representatives of different organisations involved in the project on the modus operadi of the project Highlight of the inauguration was the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding MoU between the committee and GLOHWOC Other members of the committee included Alhaji Salahideen Abdulganiyu Vice President Omu Aran Development Association ODA Mrs C T Oyedepo Women Development Officer Irepodun LGA and Mrs Elizabeth Alori Head of Programmes Crop and Soil Science Landmark University Omu Aran Mrs Aremu Roseline representing Oko community Mrs Ayodele Opeyemi Senior Manager SEAP Microfinance Mrs Popoola Amudalat Ameerah Federation of Muslim Women Association in Nigeria FOMWAN and Mrs Abanise Arinola Cash Transfer office Irepodun LGA are also members of the committee Besides Mrs R O Akintunde Women Wing of Christian Association of Nigeria WOWICAN Irepodun LGA and Mr Adedayo J O HOD Agriculture Irepodun LGA would serve on the committee Edited By Abigael Joshua Muhammad Suleiman Tola
    NGO empowers 120 vulnerable persons in Kwara
    Economy3 years ago

    NGO empowers 120 vulnerable persons in Kwara

    The Global Hope for Women and Children Foundation (GLOHWOC), an NGO, says it will empower more than 120 vulnerable indigents in Kwara for self-sustenance and reliance.

    Mrs Christy Abayomi-Oluwole, the foundation’s Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, disclosed this during the inauguration of a 15-member committee for the empowerment project in Omu-Aran, Irepodun Local Government Area of the state.

    Abayomi-Oluwole said the empowerment project under the theme: ‘Gender Equality and Women Empowerment’ scheme was in collaboration with Actionaid and Global Affairs Canada.

    She said the empowerment is also expected to attract vulnerable women, girls and cooperative groups as beneficiaries from Ilorin-South and Irepodun councils of the state.

    The project under “Women’s Voice and Leadership Project’’ is a five-year Global Affairs Canada development assistance aimed at assisting women rights organisation and their movement in their efforts to eliminate discrimination, rights violation policy and legislation.

    According to her, the project is meant to identify vulnerable persons, especially women, girls and non-registered cooperative societies, for financial literacy assistance for them to be self-sufficient and legally registered to function effectively.

    She said GLOHWOC was already operational in other states such as Bauchi, Cross River, Enugu and Lagos to impact positively on the living standard of the beneficiaries.

    The GLOHWOC chief executive said the inauguration of the steering committee was to ensure proper monitoring, assessment, guidance and evaluation of the project execution for better result.

    She said the committee was expected to provide a predictable, transparent and credible process to all parties, toward a fairy, effective and sustainable outcome.

    She said that the benefits of the committee were to provide information about the project implementation and to facilitate effective communication between the project initiator as well as the beneficiaries.

    Abayomi-Oluwole enjoined members to imbibe the characteristics of an effective steering committee which included been accessible to all beneficiaries and having a systematic way of recording and monitoring the progress of the project.

    She said the selected beneficiaries through the help of the councils involved, the stakeholders and community leaders would be trained, counseled, re-orientated and also assisted with seed grant in form of cash tokens, after approval by the major sponsor, for them to be self-sufficient and reliance.

    She commended members of the committee for their sacrifices and assured them of its organisation’s support at all times, saying “only a collective effort of stakeholders can achieve the desires, aims and objectives ’’.

    Mrs Akintunde Akinyosola, the Project Programme Officer, said the project objective is to improve the standard of living of women and girls, increase the proportion of women and girls that have access to financial education.

    She said that the project would also promote economic empowerment and sustainable livelihood as well as promote agriculture extension services among women and girls.

    Responding, Mr Abiodun Owolabi, the Chairman of the committee, pledged the commitment and support of the members toward actualising the goals of the empowerment project.

    Owolabi, a lecturer with Fountain University, Osogbo, said no sacrifice was too much toward impacting on the less privilege and vulnerable in the society, especially women and girls.

    The Nigeria News Agency reports that a stakeholders’ meeting was earlier held to sensitise representatives of different organisations involved in the project on the modus operadi of the project.

    Highlight of the inauguration was the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the committee and GLOHWOC.

    Other members of the committee included Alhaji Salahideen Abdulganiyu, Vice President, Omu-Aran Development Association (ODA); Mrs C.T. Oyedepo, Women Development Officer, Irepodun LGA; and Mrs Elizabeth Alori, Head of Programmes, Crop and Soil Science, Landmark University, Omu-Aran.

    Mrs Aremu Roseline, representing Oko community;Mrs Ayodele Opeyemi, Senior Manager, SEAP Microfinance; Mrs Popoola Amudalat, Ameerah, Federation of Muslim Women Association in Nigeria (FOMWAN); and Mrs Abanise Arinola, Cash Transfer office, Irepodun LGA, are also members of the committee.

    Besides, Mrs R.O. Akintunde, Women Wing of Christian Association of Nigeria (WOWICAN), Irepodun LGA, and Mr Adedayo J.O, HOD Agriculture, Irepodun LGA, would serve on the committee.


    Edited By: Abigael Joshua/Muhammad Suleiman Tola

  •  Mr Dokun Olatunde the Executive Director of Self Reliance Economic Advancement Programme SEAP has urged the Federal Government to adopt a flexible policy to promote Small and Medium Scale Enterprises SMEs in the country Olatunde Stated this on Sunday in Ibadan at the New Year thanksgiving service and 20th anniversary of the organisation He noted that for the future of SMEs to be bright government needed to address the critical challenges facing the sector Many businesses are not yielding profit because of multiple taxation and levies There is a need to provide funding support for entrepreneurs especially start ups To access loans you need 150 per cent collateral and it has to be backed up by Certificate of Occupancy and not many SMEs can afford that he said The SEAP boss also called for a downward review of electricity tariff especially for entrepreneurs The cost of energy is too high hence the huge cost of production and this is killing businesses gradually if left unchecked You have to be on diesel for production and when you look at the economy this is not adding value as people are struggling to survive he said He Stated that the organisation was ready to support many youths to thrive through its various programmes geared toward self reliance We want to see how we can build more youths to be self reliant and support them and that is why I said if the church is ready to promote youths who are graduates it should guarantee them Let the church stand as guarantor for them so that they can have access to funds and achieve their vision he said He said SEAP was focusing on digital microfinance to ensure members of the organisation do not fall prey to fraudsters In his sermon at the event Rev Kehinde Edwards of Molete Baptist Church Ibadan counselled the government on the need to be more purposeful and focused in fulfilling its promises to Nigerians We want to be seeing the dividends of democracy delivered to the masses infrastructure should be built health facilities should be provided and upgraded to modern technology and insecurity challenges should be addressed headlong The government needs to rejig its strategies so that Nigeria can be peaceful prosperous and the people can be happy he said Edited By Philip Dzeremo Mufutau Ojo
    Adopt flexible policy to promote SMEs, SEAP boss tells FG
     Mr Dokun Olatunde the Executive Director of Self Reliance Economic Advancement Programme SEAP has urged the Federal Government to adopt a flexible policy to promote Small and Medium Scale Enterprises SMEs in the country Olatunde Stated this on Sunday in Ibadan at the New Year thanksgiving service and 20th anniversary of the organisation He noted that for the future of SMEs to be bright government needed to address the critical challenges facing the sector Many businesses are not yielding profit because of multiple taxation and levies There is a need to provide funding support for entrepreneurs especially start ups To access loans you need 150 per cent collateral and it has to be backed up by Certificate of Occupancy and not many SMEs can afford that he said The SEAP boss also called for a downward review of electricity tariff especially for entrepreneurs The cost of energy is too high hence the huge cost of production and this is killing businesses gradually if left unchecked You have to be on diesel for production and when you look at the economy this is not adding value as people are struggling to survive he said He Stated that the organisation was ready to support many youths to thrive through its various programmes geared toward self reliance We want to see how we can build more youths to be self reliant and support them and that is why I said if the church is ready to promote youths who are graduates it should guarantee them Let the church stand as guarantor for them so that they can have access to funds and achieve their vision he said He said SEAP was focusing on digital microfinance to ensure members of the organisation do not fall prey to fraudsters In his sermon at the event Rev Kehinde Edwards of Molete Baptist Church Ibadan counselled the government on the need to be more purposeful and focused in fulfilling its promises to Nigerians We want to be seeing the dividends of democracy delivered to the masses infrastructure should be built health facilities should be provided and upgraded to modern technology and insecurity challenges should be addressed headlong The government needs to rejig its strategies so that Nigeria can be peaceful prosperous and the people can be happy he said Edited By Philip Dzeremo Mufutau Ojo
    Adopt flexible policy to promote SMEs, SEAP boss tells FG
    Economy3 years ago

    Adopt flexible policy to promote SMEs, SEAP boss tells FG

    Mr Dokun Olatunde, the Executive Director of Self Reliance Economic Advancement Programme (SEAP), has urged the Federal Government to adopt a flexible policy to promote Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) in the country.

    Olatunde Stated this on Sunday in Ibadan at the New Year thanksgiving service and 20th anniversary of the organisation.

    He noted that for the future of SMEs to be bright, government needed to address the critical challenges facing the sector.

    “Many businesses are not yielding profit because of multiple taxation and levies.

    “There is a need to provide funding support for entrepreneurs, especially start -ups.

    “To access loans, you need 150 per cent collateral and it has to be backed up by Certificate of Occupancy and not many SMEs can afford that,” he said.

    The SEAP boss also called for a downward review of electricity tariff, especially for entrepreneurs.

    “The cost of energy is too high, hence the huge cost of production and this is killing businesses gradually if left unchecked.

    “You have to be on diesel for production and when you look at the economy, this is not adding value as people are struggling to survive,” he said.

    He Stated that the organisation was ready to support many youths to thrive through its various programmes geared toward self reliance.

    “We want to see how we can build more youths to be self reliant and support them and that is why I said if the church is ready to promote youths who are graduates, it should guarantee them.

    “Let the church stand as guarantor for them so that they can have access to funds and achieve their vision,” he said.

    He said SEAP was focusing on digital microfinance to ensure members of the organisation do not fall prey to fraudsters.

    In his sermon at the event, Rev. Kehinde Edwards of Molete Baptist Church Ibadan, counselled the government on the need to be more purposeful and focused in fulfilling its promises to Nigerians.

    “We want to be seeing the dividends of democracy delivered to the masses; infrastructure should be built, health facilities should be provided and upgraded to modern technology and insecurity challenges should be addressed headlong.

    “The government needs to rejig its strategies so that Nigeria can be peaceful, prosperous and the people can be happy,” he said.

    (
    Edited By: Philip Dzeremo/Mufutau Ojo)