By Steve Oni, Ilorin
Kwara state Governor AbdulRaman AbdulRazaq has stated that no fewer than 20,000 commercial transport workers will benefit from the state Social Investment Programme (KWSSIP).
AbdulRazaq added that the state had set aside a sum of N100 million in that regard to cushion the effect of the state government’s lockdown caused by COVID-19 pandemic.
The governor told reporters in Ilorin, the state capital at the sideline of the enumeration exercise of would-be beneficiaries of the programme.
Said he: “When we started this programme we planned to give out N10,000 each to 10,000 transport workers as loan. As at this morning we have already registered about 7,000 people and we still have about a week of enumeration to go in Ilorin.
“We have to go to Kwara South and North. So we are envisaging that the number will get to 20,000 people. If you calculate N10,000 by 10,000 people this N100 million. Extending to 20,000 people will amount to N200 million.
“We are still looking at our budget of N100 million. After the enumeration, we will look at each of them on case by case basis, family sizes and ages. Some people will get a sum of N5,000 and some N10,000.
“As you can see this is a rolling thing. We will move the numbers higher based on this demand. Don’t forget it is not only transport workers we have in the state.
“We have the tailoring Union, market association etc. We are going to have safety net. We cannot leave our people behind. We have to take care of them.”