SMEDAN provides grants to 16 cooperative societies in Sokoto

In its attempt to eradicate poverty at the local level, the Agency for Small and Medium Enterprises of Nigeria has provided grants to no less than sixteen cooperative societies in Sokoto State.

Speaking when delivering the check to beneficiaries on Friday, SMEDAN Managing Director Umar Dikko Radda said each of the cooperative companies will get cash grants of N312,500.00.

The Director General who was represented by the Director of Sokoto State, Mr. Muazu Mohammed Barau, said those selected were proof of the completion of the WISE-P program.

He said the grant is part of the capacity building provided by the agency, with which he urged them to use the money wisely to grow their business and ensure economic sustainability.

The agency’s national director, Muazu Mohammed Barau, said the program is the result of three weeks of intensive training for beneficiaries.

He said the beneficiaries were selected from different fields, including agriculture. He urges them to use the money wisely for their business.

One of the beneficiaries who spoke on behalf of the others, Hajia Fatima Bello Gunmi, congratulated SMEDAN for the opportunity given to its members.

Gunmi, who is the State Coordinator of Small and Medium Farmers of Nigeria, Sokoto State Chapter, described empowering women as the right decision at the right time.

She said those who benefited from the program are real farmers, not political farmers

She ensured that the grant recipients will use it wisely and shift from domestic farmers to commercial farmers.

However, she called for more support for women farmers in the state to encourage others.

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