TraderMoni: FG ne­glects us – Ar­ti­sans

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Zakariyya Adaramola

The As­so­ci­a­tion of Skilled and Vo­ca­tional Ar­ti­sans of Nige­ria (ASVAN) has lamented that their mem­bers who are the en­gine room of the econ­omy are ne­glected by the Bank of In­dus­try (BoI), and Gov­ern­ment En­ter­prise and Em­pow­er­ment Pro­gramme (GEEP) in the dis­burse­ment of its var­i­ous loan schemes across the coun­try.

The Na­tional Pres­i­dent of ASVAN, Com­rade Ever­est Obi­juru, who stated this dur­ing its trade sum­mit in Abuja, said the fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s TraderMoni scheme through which traders could ac­cess loans of up to N10,000 at the first in­stance had not been ex­tended to the ar­ti­sans.

Obi­juru be­rated the BoI over the mode of dis­burs­ing its var­i­ous loan schemes that are de­signed to en­hance the na­tion’s Mi­cro, Small and Medium En­ter­prises (MSMEs) sec­tor.

Ac­cord­ing to him, “Bank of In­dus­tries BoI, you hear them all over in ra­dio and tele­vi­sion. This is a (ASVAN) plat­form that if ac­tu­ally they are do­ing what they say they are do­ing, a plat­form that has 11,036,000 mem­bers and none of our mem­ber has got­ten BoI loan.’’

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