A recent activity by  Kwara Live International Business Summit (KWABIS) in Ilorin, Kwara State no doubt demonstrated the saying of a literary legend, Steven Grellet said “I will pass through this path but once, whatever I will do, therefore, let me do it now, for I may not pass through this path again”.

Kwara Live International Business Summit (KWABIS) in Ilorin, Kwara State  a Non Government organization, demonstrated just that when it fulfilled yet another step towards empowering trade and commerce by conducting a two day verification exercise for grants and loans applicants in the state.

The landmark empowerment programme, facilitated by Engr. Job Amosun entails giving of grants to professional associations, traders and artisans across the state for business development.

The exercise which started with a sensitization seminar in February this year, moved to the verification of potential beneficiaries on April 25 and 26 at the Noktel Hotel, GRA, Ilorin.

According to the programme coordinator, Engr. Job Amosun, the beneficiaries of the empowerment project would receive grants between N10,000  and N250,000  in May while the second season is slated for between May and August.

Venue of the screening for participants

According to the Coordinator of the programme, the season will commence with verification in July while disbursement of loans above N250,000 is scheduled for August. The beneficiaries made presentations of their business proposals to a team of financial experts. The event recorded about 900 registered voters at the 25th and 26th verification exercise at Noktel Hotel, GRA, Ilorin.

The software Engineer emphasized that “I insisted on Voters Card as a pre-condition because of the importance I attach to good governance and the sustainable business environment”

Attesting to the selfless spirit behind the business summit, Yahaya Nakodi Yahaya, a self employed Electrical/Electronics graduate who is into financial services opined that “I am delighted to be a part of project which is designed to evoke creativity of the beneficiaries”

Similarly, a commercial driver, Mr Raimi Akanbi, commended Engr Amosun for conceiving a masses oriented financial relief programme.”If we have individuals like the Chief Executive Officer of KWABIS looking the direction of the less privileged through grants and loans, we would be less dependent on the government for white collar jobs”.

Commenting on the project, the President, Women Tailoring Association, Mrs Elizabeth Animashaun and Mrs Chioma Sunday, a dealer in Electronics lauded KWABIS initiatives, describing it as “A social safety net that should be embraced. We believe it would significantly reduce the financial burden of the beneficiaries who do not have access to government funding window”.

Affirming his faith in the success of the pilot project in Kwara State, Engr. Amosun said that the project will take  a leap into other vulnerable communities outside the State as events unfold.

Kwalib has become a household name among traders, artisans and another professional in Kwara State as a financial messiah to bail them out of their capital requirement deficiencies.

No doubt, Kwalib has come to stay as a supportive companion to trade and commerce in Kwara State.





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