The government of Zamfara state says it has introduced an empowerment programme to support 1,000 Small Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) and petty traders under its Social Intervention Programme (Z-SIP).
Secretary of the Z-SIP programme, Mubarak Maradun, made this known on Monday while reviewing progress of the programme in Gusau. Maradun said that arrangement has been concluded to begin disbursement of N10 million to 1, 000 traders and SMEs, adding that Governor Bello Matawalle had already approved the project expected to commence soon. “Each of the 1,000 beneficiaries will receive N10,000 monthly under the programme.”
“The gesture aims at supporting small scale traders in the state to enhance their businesses. This is in line with efforts of the present administration in the state to reduce poverty and unemployment among the people of the state,” he said. He urged the beneficiaries to ensure effective use of the monies to achieve the desired goals.