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Kwara Govt. shortlists 3000 young entrepreneurs for start-up grants

By Esther Kalu

The Kwara State government has shortlisted no fewer than 3000 small scale start up business owners to receive the first batch of operational cost grants under the state COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus (CARES) Programme.

The programme is said to be a World Bank initiative to be underwritten by the Kwara State Government and is designed to cushion the effects of COVID-19, improve the state of MSMEs to boost the local economy, and increase the employment rate across the state.

The Operational Grant Team Lead, Jaiye Jegede, disclosed that 4,225 successful applicants underwent the vetting process for disbursement linked indicator, DLI 3.2.

According to him, at the end of the vetting process, over 3,000 successful applicants are currently being contacted for enumeration by agents from the Bank of Industry.

Jegede, through a statement released on Sunday, announced that over 20,000 applicants from across all 16 local governments had applied through a hybrid of online and offline registration processes at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Technology and the Kwara state Social Investment Programmes office.

“Following the registration which was open to all small business owners in Kwara state, over 4,000 successful applicants for the Operational cost grants (also known as disbursement linked indicator 3.2) were contacted by the Bank of Industry who are the implementing partners to fill a vetting form requesting for further information on their businesses,” he said.

The team lead explained that that the programme would kick off disbursement with the Operational cost grants also known as DLI 3.2, followed by the Credit grant and IT enhancement grant.

He further disclosed that the programme is focused on improving the employment rate and ease of running businesses across the state.

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