‘Patronise local producers’
By Fatima Muraina
Beneficiaries of the Ondo State Apalara Micro Credit Scheme have called on the government on the need to patronise indigenous producers in the state.
They spoke in separate interviews with The Hope in Akure, Ondo state capital
The state Chairman of Artisans and Traders Union (OSATU), Mr Bello Tajudeen pleaded that the state government should patronise the indigenous artisans rather than inviting outsiders to the state.
Tajudeen whose union benefitted the sum of N15 million noted that patronising the local artisans will not only improve their economy but also boost the revenue of the state.
The state Chairman of Tailors Association of Nigeria (TAN), Mr Olaniyi Ale charged government to always partner with the state businessmen and not to wait till electioneering period before such partnership is built up.
He observed the need for good patronage which he noted will also facilitate their businesses and encourage repayment of the loan facility with ease.
Ale, whose association benefitted N5million assured of his association’s commitment to pay back, saying that they have fashioned out ways of making the payment before they accessed the fund.
He described the government initiative as a very unique one which he said was first of it’s kind throughout the nation.
While noting that the amount accessed would not go round members in the local governments, he said the leadership of the association will ensure given the fund to those who could benefit while others will wait for the next disbursement as advised by the Micro Credit Agency.
The Personal Assistant to the President General of Ondo State Artisans Group (OSAG), Mr Oni Olaniran Emma applauded the state government gesture in augmenting traders business through the facility granted.
Emma, whose association benefitted N35million naira described the initaitive of the government as a welcome development and assured prompt repayment of the loan.