Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State, on Monday, monitored the Tradermoni scheme in the state, targeted at assisting traders to boost their businesses.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Lagos, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, also joined the duo as they visited the Ketu, Bariga and Oshodi markets.
In an interview with newsmen after the visit to the markets, the Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media, Mr Laolu Akande, said that the visit to the state was to see the impact of the scheme.
Akande said the visit was also to assure the traders not captured among the two million beneficiaries that they would be captured in the next tranches.
“The visit of the Vice-President to Lagos was to see the impact of the scheme and interact with the traders in the markets, and he assured them that the fund will be increased to capture more people.
“Our plan is that between now and December, we would have captured the two million traders.
“Already, we have handed the fund to 800, 000. We have enumerated all the two million and we know who they are.
“That does not mean that this is the end of the programme. Our plan is to achieve the two million before the end of the year and add more people to subsequent tranches,” he said.
Akande added that the initiative, launched under the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP) in partnership with the Bank of Industry (BOI), had assisted 1.1 million marketwomen, traders, artisans, farmers among others.