By Danladi Al-Hassan
The Federal Government on Tuesday said it would scale up the number of those that would benefit from the TraderMoni programme from 2.5 million to five million annually.
Hajiya Sadiya Farouq, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, said this when she visited the Command Centre of the programme located at the Bank of Industry (BOI) Building in Abuja.
“So far we have been able to capture about 2.5 million people since the programme started and our ambition now is to scale it up to five million people annually,” he said.
Farouq described the implementation of the programme as a huge success adding that through it, the government would be able to achieve its objective of reducing the level of poverty in the country.
“We are proud of the BoI for putting up this centre and I must commend you for that. I must also use this opportunity to reiterate the President’s vision of lifting 100 million people out of poverty.
“This is one of such programmes geared towards making sure that millions of Nigerians are lifted out of poverty,” Farouq said
Farouq said the government had the required facilities and capacity to achieve this new target.
“With what I have seen on ground I am sure we will be able to achieve that because we have the facilities.
“We will scale up this programme from the 2.5 million beneficiaries to five million people yearly and I don’t think it is a very giant ambition. With teamwork, we can achieve this target.”
Farouq also told officials of BOI that she would endeavour to bring the President to the centre to see the work being done at the centre.
Mr Olukayode Pitan, Managing Director, Bank of Industry, said the bank would continue to provide all the needed assistance for the successful implementation of the programme.
He said it was in recognition of the importance of the programme to poverty reduction that the bank decided to equip the command centre with modern facilities.
The TraderMoni Programme being implemented by the Bank of Industry allows each beneficiary to get an interest free loan of between N10,000 to N15,000.
The interest-free loan is part of the social intervention programmes under President Muhammadu Buhari led administration.
Statistics from the Command Centre on Tuesday showed that N19.6bn had been disbursed to about 1.95 million Nigerians under the programme.
A total of 4.6 million people have been enumerated out of which 2.57 million have been verified.