Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, has presented cheques totalling N267 million to different artisan groups in fulfilment of the administration’s pledge to give palliatives to various vulnerable groups that have been hard hit by the naira redesign crisis and fuel scarcity.
According to a statement by the chief press secretary to the governor, Rafiu Ajakaye, the governor said the support for the artisans should translate to ease for the people who enjoy the services of the different economic groups.
The benefitting groups, the statement said included the Association of Master Bakers and Caterers of Nigeria, which got N100m; Tricycle Owners Association of Nigeria, N30m; Okada Riders Association of Nigeria, N30m; Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria, N50m; National Union of Road Transport Workers N50m; and Nigeria Union of Tailors, Kwara State branch, N7m.
Presenting the palliatives to the important players in the informal sector, AbdulRazaq appreciated their different crucial roles to serve the public and assist the local economy.
“This is a challenging period for everyone, particularly the transporters and artisans as a whole. There is scarcity of cash in the country. You also face the high cost of spare parts. How do you survive this? We know there is a light at the end of the tunnel. We know your challenges and hope everything will be over soon,” the governor told the transporters’ associations in Ilorin.
AbdulRazaq also said the government is aware of the difficult time that bakers are going through, thereby presenting them the palliatives to keep them afloat and prevent job losses, which might hurt the economy and social stability.
“Everyone who consumes bread knows how important your product is. You make sure people get the best bread to eat, even though the prices of the ingredients you are using are not stable. Sometimes, you run at a loss. We are aware of this challenge and felt we needed to support you in our own little way,” he added, applauding their commitment to meeting the expectations of their customers without compromising standards.