Kwara Pledges N10 Million For SMEs

Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State
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From Victor Seyi, Ilorin

Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed has said that Kwara’s Next Entrepreneur Scheme introduced recently by his administration, which provides up to N10m micro credit for each Medium Scale business is to promote youth employment in the state’s private sector.
Governor Ahmed who said this over the weekend in Oke-Ode, Ifelodun local government area of the state, added that the existing micro credit window created by his administration would continue to provide critical funds to small business owners to grow their businesses.
Ahmed assured the people that the proposed independent power project and other projects across the state would stimulate greater investment and economic activities in the State.
He said: “We intend to stimulate greater investment inflow through our forthcoming projects such as an Independent Power Project and major infrastructure across the length and breadth of the state. Indeed, my administration remains committed to ensuring the equitable distribution of projects across the state. It is our expectation that these projects will stimulate economic activities as well as thousands of jobs for youths” he said.
Governor Ahmed said provision of qualitative education to the Kwara Child remained a cardinal aim of his administration’s shared prosperity programme as additional classrooms would be built across the state as well as new campuses for the Kwara State University.
“The proposed projects include 2,000 blocks of new classrooms across the state, new campuses for Kwara State University (KWASU) in Osi and Ilesha Baruba as well as major projects across the State”, the governor assured.
On road projects, Ahmed said Share-Oke-Ode, Ipetu-Rore, Pategi-Kpada, dualisation of Micheal Imoudu to Ganmo road in Ilorin, among others, would be completed.
Governor Ahmed, however, emphasized that peace and harmony must prevail
for the projects and programmes of his administration to be actualized, adding that grievances and desire for remedies when expedient should be through existing traditional, religious and legal platform rather than through self-help.

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