Fed Govt Disburses MSME Survival Fund To Tailors




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The Federal Government has commenced the disbursement of its Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Survival to artisans in .

The Special Assistant to the President on MSMEs/DFIs, Tola Johnson, said so far in the Bariga cluster alone, over 400 people had benefitted the scheme, with11 clusters approved last week.

Johnson stated this at the activation of the Artisan Scheme of the MSME Survival by the Bank of Industry in Bariga area of on Thursday.

He explained that the was created to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 on small in the country, reaffirming the Federal Government’s commitment to supporting MSMEs.

He said, “It is no news that the affected many and the government in its wisdom thought about how it could support clusters of people. We have people for the payroll support, the artisan and the sectors.

“We also have people that we give money to cushion the effect of the on . The Federal Government resolved to support 500,000 people every month for three months, while also supporting 303,000 artisans with N30,000 one- grant and N50,000 to about 100,000 that have been affected by the .”

According to him, the government will carry monitoring and evaluation of the fund to ensure that it is disbursed judiciously.

Johnson added, “We are carrying this programme in phases so that we can learn the mistakes of the first and correct in the stream. We are actually trying to monitor to a large extent to ensure that what was approved is what is being done.”

He said a stream of states was waiting for approval for disbursement.

“For the payroll segment, we will let the public know when we want to commence disbursement. Every has about 6,600 new business names to be registered for free, but the Federal Government is paying N6, 000 per business to the Corporate Affairs Commission.

The Chairman, National Union of Tailors, Bariga Chapter, Balogun Olatunde, commended the government for supporting small businesses and urged the government to do more.

He said most of the tailors under his jurisdiction were looking for loans to expand businesses.

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