The Ogun state government has commenced the second phase of the disbursement of the N1 billion grant to Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) in the state.
The initiative, the government said, aims to alleviate poverty and mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on businesses in the state.
Commissioner for Industry, Trade, and Investment and a member of the Ogun State COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus (OGUN CARES) Steering Committee, Mr. Adebola Sofela, in a statement yesterday, announced that Governor Dapo Abiodun had directed the immediate commencement of the disbursement process for the second phase of the grants.
He said that a stakeholders’ engagement session will be held for legitimate business owners in the Ogun Central Senatorial District at the Obas Complex Hall, Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, today , to kick-start the second phase.
The objective of the session, according to the commissioner, is to provide participants with information about the application process and criteria for eligibility.
Sofela added that the date and time for the stakeholders’ engagement sessions in Ogun West and East Senatorial Districts will be communicated at a later date.
In the first batch, over N120 million was disbursed by the state government to more than 1,000 micro and small entrepreneurs across the 20 local government areas of the state, with the beneficiaries expressing their gratitude in an appreciation letter addressed to the governor, the statement said.
Trade associations, representing the beneficiaries, including the Nigerian Association of Small Scale Industrialists (NASSI), Association of Small Business Owners of Nigeria (ASBON), Joint National Association of Persons Living With Disabilities (JONAPWD), artisan groups, commended the governor for his support during the challenging time, it added.
The government noted that the beneficiaries highlighted the significant increase in operational expenses and the struggle to pay workers’ salaries, as well as the costs of operational gadgets, utilities, and renting shops.
“We believe that this grant will provide much-needed relief to businesses in our state. We appreciate your continued support and encourage you to stay informed about future updates regarding the disbursement process,” Sofela added.