By Toba Adedeji and Sodiq Yusuf
Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo has said he, the Governor of the State of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and the Whole APC conglomerate owe the common man on the streets much more as they are committed to making life more meaningful for the people.
Osinbajo stated this in Osogbo on Thursday where he officially flagged off the #OsunMSMEClinics for Small Medium Scale Business Owners in the state.
He said the party and its political office holders are deeply committed to restoring prosperity to the nation coupled with the displacement of looters to add more value to the citizenry.
Osinbajo also reiterated the desire of the Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari to provide an enabling environment for businesses to thrive especially in giving opportunities to financially handicapped individuals in starting up Small Scale Businesses.
He said “SME’s are the growth of any nation. There are great potientials that are available. Anybody that wants to do small business in the state will be empowered to do his/her business. This country belongs to everyone of us and this country will be well if we are all committed to making sure that small businesses thrive.
“We are confident that in making sure that if we do not spend anyhow, if we have a government where people can be positively impacted on, we are assured that things will go on well. The State is working actively with us so that you can get all what you need to get established. I believe that we can all work together to make Nigeria strong economically.”
The Vice President also commended Governor Aregbesola for transforming the State of Osun saying the laudable projects embarked on by the present administration has positively impacted on the lives of the common man.
Osinbajo stressed that “I have seen the schools, bridges, roads here in Osun and I can say is that I am happy that we have in here a man like Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola. All of us in the APC know that we are indebted to the man on the streets and we will work to ensure that the poorest man gets the best of the best.”
“This is a very special state, we have here the pride of the black man, we are Omoluabi’s here, we are not thieves, we work here, we don’t steal and we will do well if we are gainfully employed, we will all have the opportunity to feed ourselves and live a good life.”
Governor Aregbesola in his remarks said his administration has embarked on various programmes to banish unemployment saying the MSME loans will add value to the efforts.
He said over 14,000 beneficiaries will benefit from the scheme.
His words “Some will get N50,000, others will get N500,000 while some are to get N1,000,000. This will help to support Osun Micro Credit Agency, O’BOPS and other interventions we have made to improve our citizen’s lives.”
More than 3,000 Small and Medium Scale Enterprise Owners in the State of Osun are to get N50,000 under the Federal Government/Osun MSME Programme.
The programme already on in 9 states of the federation is to also give about 200 specially selected small business owners the sum of N500,000 to explore their businesses.