By Usman Aliyu
Ilorin, Dec. 24, 2020 The Kwara Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (KWACCIMA) says the support funds given by the state government to owners of businesses looted during the last EndSARS protests will reinvigorate the state’s economy.
KWACCIMA, in a statement issued by its Director-General, Mr Suleiman Fagbemi, on Thursday in Ilorin, said Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq had demonstrated sensitivity to the job losses that would have attended the vandalism of private businesses in the state.
It described the financial support from the state government as a right step towards averting collapse of businesses and the attendant unemployment, particularly among the teeming youth.
Naija247news reports that the protests against the alleged unprofessional conduct of some operatives of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) had resulted in the looting of some business premises in Ilorin by hoodlums.
Newsmen also reports that the state government had, in response to the incident, given support funds to the affected persons, with a view to reviving their businesses.
KWACCIMA, while applauding government for its economic revival strategy through the support funds, said this had shown the confidence which the present administration reposed in the private sector to provide jobs and stimulate the state’s economy.
The organisation implored the business owners and others, who received the support funds, to utilise it to revitalise their businesses.
“We are thanking the state government for the financial support to the business owners, who are essentially in the private sector, because it will go a long way in enlivening the businesses of our members.
“By so doing, the governor has proved to be sensitive to the call of the people.
“We also appreciate him, because he is very considerate; otherwise, he wouldn’t have ventured into assisting these business men and women.
“It is a way of promoting the economy of the state, realising that these people, with factories and industries, employ a lot of our youth in the state,” KWACCIMA said.