Ekiti to partner NGO, others for speedy development

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Ekiti State Government has affirmed its readiness to partner any
Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) that will be committed to the
overall development of its people and economy.

Commissioner for Investment, Trade and Industry, Chief David Olusoga
gave the affirmation at a meeting with the leadership of Worldwide
Entrepreneurship Stability Support Foundation (WWESS-F); an Abuja
based non-governmental organization, led by its President, Prince
Olusola Adesola, in his office in Ado-Ekiti.

Olusoga, who said that the state has been witnessing downward slide in
the allocation accruing from the federation account in the recent
times, posited that the Governor Kayode Fayemi was always willing to
join hands with individuals and groups that shared the same vision of
human and physical transformation of the state in the shortest time
frame.

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Barr Bamidele Arowosola,
lauded the initiatives of the organization in its promise to
facilitate funds to support young entrepreneurs in Ekiti to grow their
businesses.

He said that the Ministry, through the Commissioner, would brief the
governor on the proposal for possible approval, adding that the
gesture would bring a lot of relief to government in the areas of job
creation alongside wealth creation and management.

Earlier, the President of WWESS-F, Prince Olusola Adesola, has said
that his organization was in the state to fashion out partnership with
necessary stakeholders and government agencies to access the
Conditional Grants Scheme (CGS) of the Small and Medium Scale
Enterprises Development Agency (SMEDAN) for the funding of Young
Business Owners (Y-BON) in Ekiti State.

Adesola, a native of Ikoro Ekiti, explained that his NGO will source
for the funding through donor individuals and groups and as well serve
as a link between the State Government and SMEDAN, while the state
would collaborate on administration and logistics for accountability.

He said further that there shall be a joint account with SMEDAN and
the State Government to ensure the success of the recently launched
CGS by SMEDAN to promote Small and Medium Scale Enterprises as well as
Y-BON programmes, to empower business owners within the age 20 and 45
years in the state.

According to the NGO’s President, the schemes would reduce
unemployment among youths, make them employers of labour rather than
employees and also boost the economic realities of the state.

He called for speedy consideration of WWESS-F intention so as to sign
a memorandum of understanding among all stakeholders for early take
off of the schemes in Ekiti State.

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