The presidency has disclosed that the disbursement of N30, 000 one-time grant for artisans, under the Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP) has been ongoing across the country.
This was disclosed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande when speaking on a radio program to ascertain the authenticity of the program. Mr. Akande was featured alongside the Special Assistant on MSMEs, Mr. Tola Johnson and a number of the FCT-based beneficiaries of the N30,000 grant.
According to him, “I will like to tell Nigerians that this programme is for real that is why we have invited some of the leaders of the artisan groups and beneficiaries here in Abuja to come and speak directly to Nigerians.
Representatives of the various artisans’ groups, as well as beneficiaries in the FCT affirmed that they have benefitted from the 30,000 naira grant.
Speaking about the commitment of the Buhari administration to ensure that the objectives of the scheme are achieved, Mr Akande said “this Artisan Support that the SA on MSMEs has talked about is a grant that is going to go 333,000 Nigerians across the country.
“This government, the Buhari administration, is committed to supporting the common man. The government is committed to supporting small business owners in whatever way it can.
“As you must have heard from the testimonies of leaders of the artisan groups and some of the beneficiaries in Abuja about the success of the scheme, I can assure you that it is the same thing that is happening across the country,” he added.
Aside from the FCT, Mr Akande noted that beneficiaries from Plateau, Bauchi, Lagos, Anambra, Abia, Borno, Rivers, Kano, Kaduna, Delta and Ondo States, started receiving their credit alerts on Thursday, October 29, 2020.
Representatives of the artisan groups who attested to receiving the 30,000 naira grant include the Chairman (FCT) Nigeria Automobile Association & Informal Sector (NATA), Mr. Philip Ogunsakin; Vice-Chairman Informal Sector Artisans Association, Abuja, Comrade Wisdom Okputa; State Marshal, (FCT) Nigeria Automobile Association & Informal Sector (NATA), Comrade Ifeanyi Chukwu Nebechi; and State Secretary (FCT) Nigeria Automobile Association & Informal Sector (NATA), including one of the direct beneficiaries, Comrade Babatunde Yusuf.