Kwara State Government has said it is understudying the TraderMoni programme of the Federal Government in order to replicate same at the state level.
This comes as Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq visited the Abuja headquarters of the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP), the implementers of the TraderMoni initiative.
GEEP, which is supervised by the Bank of Industry, is one of the four sub-programmes of the National Social Investment Office (NSIO).
The governor’s spokesman Rafiu Ajakaye said the visit was for AbdulRazaq to discuss partnership with GEEP handlers on how Kwarans can further access the micro-loans and lift thousands of people out of poverty.
Accompanied by former Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to President Muhammadu Buhari on Social Investments, Mrs Maryam Uwais, the governor listened to details of the initiative, including the challenges of implementing it in Kwara and how it could help fight poverty, Ajakaye said.
“After learning the back-end processes involved, we are looking at the possibility of starting the Kwara version of TraderMoni later this year after appropriate legislations and budgetary provisions,” he added.
The visit came two days after AbdulRazaq visited the headquarters of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHDA) to seek partnership on how to revive the state’s comatose health sector.