25 November 2013, Lokoja – The Kogi State coordinator of Subsidy Re-investment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P), Alhaji Abdullahi Ohioma has said that N210 million had been disbursed to participants of the programme in the state.
Ohioma who stated this over the weekend in Lokoja at a press briefing explained that the programme has achieved the desired results it was established for.
He said that 24 beneficiaries from the state had also been trained in Jos, Plateau State by the federal government on skills acquisition and other vocational trainings as part of the exit plan strategy for beneficiaries, adding that each participant was given N150,000 to augment whatever they might have saved to start their own business.
The coordinator further explained that the programme is also partnering with local governments in the state to make available parcels of land for agricultural activities which will add value to the beneficiaries at the end of the programme.
“We also engaged them to learn other vocational jobs they think they are best fitted for; like tailoring, barbing, repair of handsets, printing, auto mechanic, hair dressing and so many others,” he stated.
He however admitted that the participants were being owed one month stipend of N10,000 but quickly added that they will be paid immediately a verification exercise is done to satisfy their present status in their place of attachment.