Poverty alleviation: Investors begs to government to support AIDA Initiative
As part of an effort to ensure that poor and vulnerable Nigerians, especially residents of Kaduna have access to basic necessities, African Investors in Diaspora Association (AIDA) has appealed to Government to support its poverty alleviation scheme.
The association is one of the leading savings and investment platforms in a country responsible for cushioning the effect of economic hardship experienced by Nigerians, passion out to bridge the gap between people the rich and the poor.
Speaking to journalists in Kaduna at an event organized for refunding of capital those who had earlier invested in their platform in Kaduna, the Head of Marketing for the Association, Mr. Innocent Peter said the Association is willing to partner with the government to come up with programmes that can alleviate the masses from suffering, especially in times of financial difficulties faced by the country.
He said AIDA has turned over 6,000 persons into millionaires and given a scholarship to about 600 students, adding that “today’s program in Kaduna is organized to refund the capital of some investors, after the turbulence faced by the Association recent.”
One of the investors in Kaduna, Mbaye Mathew thanked AIDA for making up to pay the investors.
According to Mathew, “I have benefited and invested in activities of Dr Philemon Gora. We have received payment for 6 months.
“I’m a proprietor of Secondary school. I got a call some time ago that AIDA will want to augment the payment of teachers’ salary. Most schools find it difficult to pay teachers’ salary and as such, they put 15 percent of salaries for the teacher in TAM microfinance bank owned by Gora.
“We invested last year and Dr Gora was arrested and taken to court, we later heard he won the case with Diamond Bank and Eco Bank.
“When we receive this text today, we believe our money will be paid because the account has been unfrozen. The coordinator of AIDA just told us that we shall receive our capital back.
“Receiving it when it has been held for several months is a blessing. And they say they will pay 25 percent of this capital which will be released today,” Mathew said.
He pleaded to Government to provide an enabling environment for legitimate investment programs, which will in turn ease assist in wealth creation and alleviation of Nigerians from abject poverty.
“Government is the biggest patronizer of all Initiative. We have a lot of creative Nigerians that wants to help. and until Government supports them with enabling environment.
“During the Jonathan administration there was this YWIN programme assisting our graduates and youths, but this government came in and canceled it,” Mathew said.
Another investor who couldn’t contain her joy commended AIDA for its Initiative has been helping to relieve workers who experienced delays in salary payments that have always relied on their program.
She appealed to the government to support the Association so that he will raise people out of poverty.
“The challenge is that AIDA is trying to assist the poor masses, the government some bottlenecks are being introduced by the government and thereby making it difficult for them.”
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