By Chris Chimezie
Brighter days are on the horizon for Market women in Ondo State as a whooping sum of N500million loan will soon be disbursed by the state government to them and other trade groups in the state to support and expand their businesses.
The state Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) made the disclosure when the President, Market Traders Association of Nigeria, Ondo State chapter, Chief (Mrs) Adefemiwa Iwalola led leaders of market women and traders associations from the 18 Local Government Areas of the State on a courtesy visit to the Governor.
He expressed optimism that the loan which will be facilitated by the Micro Credit Agency, will in no small way contribute to the growth of their trade and make them self-reliant, while also contributing to the economic development of the State.
Akeredolu informed the group that the present administration is committed to empowering the women and other members of the association with a view to boosting their businesses which will in turn, improve the economy of the state.
While describing women as a group of people that cannot be overlooked, the governor promised to support and partner them despite the state’s lean resources.
Akeredolu, who informed the traders that the government will soon introduce Sunday market to ease traffic congestion on the highways, solicited their support in making the move a success for the benefit of all.
He lauded the traders for their continued and unflinching support for his government and assured of carring them along in the scheme of things.
Earlier, leader of the delegation, Chief (Mrs) Iwalola said the visit of the market women leaders was to appreciate the Governor for the support given them during the burial of their immediate past President, (Chief) Mrs Julianna Ogunsusi and the inauguration of the new executives.
Iwalola, who was recently elected, thanked the governor for granting them audience and for the show of love for the association since he assumed office.
She enjoined the Governor to always carry them along and pledged their unflinching loyalty to the success of his government.
She equally lauded the governor’s wife, Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu for her empowerment programmes for women across the state and assured of their readiness to partner her.
The association presented a letter of appreciation to the governor for his contributions to the development of the association and an album which contains photographs of the inauguration of the new Executives of the association.
Dignitaries who at the event include: Chief of Staff to the Governor, Chief Olugbenga Ale, Head of Service, Barr Toyin Akinkuotu, Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Deaconess Lola Fagbemi, Mrs Bayonle Ademodi, Special Assistant to the Governor on Market Matters, Mr Sikiru Raji and others.