Lagos artisans thrilled by FG’s N30, 000 COVID-19 relief fund
Artisans in Lagos have expressed joy over N30, 000 Federal Government COVID-19 intervention fund, which was meant for 160 Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME), artisans and transport workers.
The scheme, facilitated by a Member of House of Representatives, representing Oshodi/Isolo Federal Constituency 2, Hon. Ganiyu Abiodun, is to assist owners of small-scale businesses in the area.
According to the personal assistance to the lawmaker, Aregbesola Ismail, 160 names were drawn from artisan groups, which include the mechanics, hairdressers, carpenters, welders, tyre vulcanisers.
He said: “We contacted their heads before arriving at 160 names. The names given to us are what we compiled and we don’t know who they are individually. All we are concerned about is that we contacted their heads and they sent us numbers of people for this exercise. The intervention fund would be paid into their accounts,” he said.
When The Guardian spoke to some officials representing the intervention fund committee, they revealed that a sum of N30, 000 would be paid into the bank accounts of beneficiaries by the Bank of Industry.
Meanwhile, a beneficiary of the fund, who operates a barbing salon, Shittu Gani, said the fund would go a long way in boosting his business.
“One of my senior brothers told me a week ago about this fund. They asked me to send my details and told me that they have some money to give me, but I don’t know how much they want to give me. I have plans of using the money to buy some instruments for my salon,” he said.
A hairdresser, Awawu Sanni said she intends to use the money to buy a dryer and some attachments to improve patronage and sales.
Also, a fashion designer, Mrs. Taiwo Abisalam said the money will improve her business.