By Adekola Afolabi
ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has explained why his administration disbursed over two hundred and twenty-five million, five hundred thousand Naira (N225,500,000.00) to artisan groups in the state.
Akeredolu said the loan facilities which were disbursed through the State Micro-Credit Agency was aimed at strengthening the businesses of the various artisan groups and boost economic activities in the state.
The Governor who stated this at the 2021 Artisan’s Day held at the International Culture and Events Centre (The DOME), Akure, further assured the artisans that his administration would continue to work with the various organised groups to serve as gateways to reach their members.
He observed that artisans contribute significantly to the socio-economic development of the state and community where they operate, describing them as the engine of growth of any economy.
He charged them to ensure prompt and regular repayment of the loan to allow others have the benefit of enjoying similar facilities.
The Governor added that his administration would not relent in its efforts to provide a unique opportunity to reduce the hardship being experienced by artisans and simultaneously planning for medium and long term solutions for economic growth and development.
He noted that despite the current challenges, his administration is still able to provide an enabling environment for the development and growth of artisans in the state.
“This sector forms about 85% of total economy of Ondo State. Therefore, it is a sector that deserves continuous attention in order to address the unemployment situation of our teeming youths.
“One of the key points of our ”REDEEMED” agenda is Digital Revolution and Entrepreneurship Development to alleviate poverty among the citizenry of the state through wealth creation. I am glad to say that many of the notable intervention programmes of our administration are already being felt in the sector,” he added.
He said the N-CARES programme intends to mitigate and support economic recovery efforts consequent upon the effects of COVID-19 pandemic currently ravaging the world economy.
In his welcome address, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Union Matters and Special Duties, Mr Dare Aragbaiye, applauded Governor Akeredolu for another milestone in the life of his administration.
He said the event has shown the desire of the Governor to continue to interface with different segments of the people for appropriate feedbacks and sustain the culture of an all-inclusive governance.