Osun State Government has announced plans to offer soft loans to artisans and traders to enable them succeed in their vocation as this empowers them to contribute their quota to the state economy.
Governor Rauf Aregbesola who disclosed this during the formal inauguration of the state chapter of the Federation of Informal Workers’ Organisation of Nigeria (FIWON), in Osogbo said that if artisans and traders who form informal workers are assisted by government to succeed, the economy would be more stable and the entire country would be better for it.
The governor regretted that in spite of the importance of the artisans and traders to the economy of a state and country at large, many governments, especially at the center still do not recognise their role in the development of the economy.
He said: “The success informal workers make in your businesses will determine the level of development in our economy. Because government don’t pay attention to your role in the economy, that is why our economy has not developed more than this and that is why there is poverty everywhere.”
“Our government is saying that we can’t do it all once, but gradually, we will continue to introduce programmes that will take off poverty among our people.”