Saraki Empowers 500 Kwara Marketers, As Iyaloja Insists TraderMoni is For APC Members 




By kehinde Emmanuel, Ilorin


The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki on Friday doled out the sum of N5 million to 500 market men and women, many of whom were allegedly left out of the federal  government social investment scheme which Vice President Osinbajo launched in Ilorin, Kwara state.


Although the event was a continuation of  Saraki’s routine empowerment programme to boost trading for the marketers, the beneficiaries of yesterday largesse were drawn from various markets in Ilorin.


The market women had  earlier through their chairperson, Alhaja Kareem Lambe alleged that the federal government targeted APC loyalists for the disbursement of tradermoni, leaving those who are genuine marketers out in the cold.


Speaking during the distribution of Saraki’s cash gifts to her members, Hajia Lambe made it clear that the tradermoni  is targeted at APC members who are not marketers and described the scheme as a way of buying the votes of the unsuspecting electorate.

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She said: “The federal government is only trying to play on our people’s intelligence by calling it tradermoni. The beneficiaries of this money are APC Members and they are not marketers. And we are aware that this is another strategy by the federal government  to buy the votes of the unsuspected electorate.


“If truly the scheme is brought to Kwara for the benefit of marketers, it should have been given to traders who are not members of APC or any party. It is Nigerian’s money and it is our right to collect it.


“And I also heard that they were giving some people the tradermoni in  Kwara South. The beneficiaries are not marketers. Kwara marketers have not benefitted any thing from  the federal government since President Muhammad  Buhari became the President of this country.

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“The only support we have been receiving is from Kwara State Government. Even the Bank of Industry (BoI) funds they launched some months back with the promise that they will give it to some petty traders in the market, no one has received a dime”


“The last time the Vice President came to Kwara, I advised him that we don’t want any corrupt agent to act as intermediary if truly he wants the funds to get to the needy. We advised him to come straight to the market women who truly need the funds for their petty businesses. Till date, we are yet to see any fund from BoI. The same FG that didn’t show up in the time of need is now employing Politicians to mobilize their party supporters to disguise as Marketers.”

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She recalled that Saraki reconstructed 47 burnt shops at Oja Tuntun in Ilorin, assisted the marketers who lost millions of naira to the fire incident that razed Owode market in Offa and recently donated N5 million towards the construction of their union’s secretariat, aside from the routine empowerment programmes for market men and women, irrespective of their political learning.





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