Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday began the disbursement of start-up capital for 39,000 petty traders in the Federal Capital Territory.
The disbursement is part of the current administration’s drive to empower over two million petty traders across the country through a commercial loan scheme tagged “Trader moni.”
The scheme 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 the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration.
The VP also inaugurated a One-Stop-Shop to address some of the impediments to the growth of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in the country.
Osinbajo commissioned the facility which is located at the headquarters of the Abuja Enterprise Agency.
The centre would provide MSMEs with support services to grow their businesses.
Some of these support are access to finance, enterprise development and regulatory support in areas such as business registration, tax-related issues, and export promotion.