Saliu Mustapha Foundation empowers first batch of Business Owners in Ilorin

…says mega empowerment holds tomorrow.

A non-governmental organization, Saliu Mustapha foundation on Saturday, 6th February kick-started its annual empowerment scheme for business owners.

At the occasion, which took place at the organization’s office located at Basin Roundabout, Fate Road, Ilorin, over N6.25 million was distributed to 78 Small and Medium Enterprise owners.

The Guest Lecturer, Mr. Lawal Olohungbebe

The sum of N100,000 was disbursed to support 40 businesses with 45 other beneficiaries getting N50,000 each while N100,000 and 150,000 will be given to empower 250 more businesses tomorrow, Sunday, 7th February.

Declaring the occasion open, Mr. Abdulqadri Omo-Alubarika, representing the Chairman of the foundation, said the empowerment is meant to support the beneficiaries in their respective businesses, adding that Saliu Mustapha is not doing it for political reasons as he is yet to speak on political ambition.

APC state women leader, Hajia Ramat Olaide presenting cash to one of the beneficiaries

He further urged the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the funds, saying “it is a way to show appreciation to Mallam Saliu Mustapha”.

While delivering the lecture, a community developer and motivational speaker, Mr. Lawal Olohungbebe advised the beneficiaries to make good use of the money and not divert it for personal use.

Vice Chairman (North) of APC in Kwara, Chief Sunday Oyebiyi presenting cash to another beneficiary

For his part, the Director of Media and Publicity to the foundation stated that the empowerment fund is not a loan scheme, but grants to support their businesses.

Cross-section of the beneficiaries

He also urged people to be calm as those who were not captured in today’s empowerment exercise will be captured tomorrow.

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