The Saliu Mustapha Foundation, a non-governmental organization based in Ilorin earlier today distributed over N6.25 million to 78 SMEs in the first day of its annual empowerment programme.
Hosting beneficiaries and guests at its corporate head office located at Fate Roundabout, Ilorin; the representative of Chairman of the Foundation, Mr. Abdulqadir Omo-Alubarika observed that the essence of the programme was to support small business owners. He added that the donor, Saliu Mustapha was not doing the empowerment for political reasons.
A guest Speaker at the event, Mr. Lawal Olalekan Olohungbebe who is the Coordinator of Kwara State University (KWASU) Centre for Community Development, enjoined beneficiaries to make judicious use of the money they received; encouraging them to focus on utilising the assistance offered by Mallam Mustapha to grow their businesses.
Also Speaking at the event, the Director of Media and Publicity of the Foundation, Mr. Yakub Ishowo clarified that the money given to beneficiaries was not a loan but grants aimed at supporting small businesses to thrive. He also assured the beneficiaries that are yet to receive the grants to be patient, as more people will be awarded on day two of the event.
Meanwhile, dignitaries who attended the event, including the Vice Chairman (North) of APC, Chief Sunday Oyebiyi, Women Leader of APC , Hajia Ramat Olaide among others, took turns to present the cash donations to beneficiaries.
One of the recipients of the grants, Abdulrasheed Ali, a butcher from Gambari ward of Ilorin East local government, said he believes the support he received from the Saliu Mustapha Foundation would impact his life. Other beneficiaries also thanked the Foundation and its founder for touching their lives positively.
The grand finale of the empowerment holds tomorrow.
Kabir Olanrewaju Ishowo is a Kwara-Born, a community developer, An Online Media Practioner and the CEO/Publisher of Gistmeblog247.