Over 2000 Entrepreneurs Receive Ogun  State Operational Grants

Sekinat Salam, Abeokuta

The Ogun State Government has commenced the disbursement of the second phase of the N1billion Operational Grant for Micro and Small scale Enterprises under its OG-cares scheme.


The operational grant disbursement was aimed at supporting businesses within the state, particularly in the face of the harsh economic realities around the world.


About 2,822 entrepreneurs are expected to benefit from the second phase.


At least 1000 entrepreneurs  in micro enterprises benefited from the scheme during the first  disbursement in 2023 in which beneficiaries received N100 000  each, while those in the small scale categories received N350,000 each.


Governor Dapo Abiodun in his address  during the grant disbursement held in Abeokuta, South West  Nigeria noted that his administration’s blueprint specifies a social contract with the people of the Gateway State as encapsulated in the “Building Our Future Together” Agenda.


Governor Abiodun stressed that the 2nd phase marks another milestone in his government’s commitment to support growth and development of the state’s Medium, Small and Micro scale Enterprises.


The Governor represented by his Deputy, Mrs Noimot Salako-Oyedele added that these enterprises played a crucial role in promoting entrepreneurship, fostering innovation, and driving inclusive economic growth.


While appreciating President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for initiating the scheme, the governor reassured th that the disbursement will be extended beyond June 2024 when it was initially supposed to end, urging beneficiaries to use the grants wisely and responsibly.


The governor added that the grant was given with the expectation of driving a positive change as well as contributing to the growth and development of the  economy.


Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Oludaisi Elemide noted that to whom much is given, much is expected, and implored beneficiaries not to see the grant as national cake but to use it for the purpose it was meant for.


The Chairman,  steering committee for OG-CARES who is also Commissioner for Finance, Dapo Okubadejo, said the disbursement, which started in 2022 was to mitigate the effect of Covid-19 pandemic by  providing support for small and medium scale business owners in the state, noting that 2,822 small and micro enterprises would benefit from the second phase.


While imploring them to make judicious use of the money, he said that the grant would also serve as social protection for the poor and vulnerable in the society and support agricultural businesses.


The Chairman Ijebu Ode Local Government, Hon. Emilola Gazal appreciated the state government for its commitment and support towards developing the grassroots.


He said the grant was timely, especially now that many people are going through a lot of hardship in the country while advising beneficiaries to make good use of the money.


In their separate testimonies, Chairman Association of all Business Owners of Nigeria,  Femi Egbesola and the Iyaloja General of Ogun State, Alhaja Yemisi Abass,   commended the Governor for his developmental strides in the state, especially in empowering small and medium scale business owners, youths, farmers and market men and women.


The OG-CARES scheme has turned many beneficiaries to employers of labour.


The beneficiaries were selected through the same strategic, all inclusive and methodical approach, which carefully identify genuine entrepreneurs nominated by key stakeholders in the society, such as chairmen of local governments, market men and women associations, Community Development Councils, organised private sector, National Youth Council, Association of People Living with Disabilities amongst others.


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