Three hundred persons in Oyo South Senatorial District have benefitted from Federal government grant through Small and Medium Scale Enterprises of Nigeria, SMEDAN, facilitated by the lawmaker representing the district at the upper chamber, Senator Kola Balogun to start or boost their businesses.
The beneficiaries who were selected from the nine local governments which make up the district received between twenty and fifty thousand naira grants.
Presenting the payment vouchers to the beneficiaries, the facilitator, Senator Kola Balogun said the empowerment programme was geared towards fulfilling his electioneering promises.
Senator Balogun who noted that another empowerment initiative targeted at one thousand people had been slated for March this year and urged the beneficiaries to utilise the grant judiciously in order to qualify for the greater opportunities ahead.
He promised to continue to represent his constituents positively at the Senate.
Oyo State coordinator of SMEDAN, Mrs Mabel Ojogbede explained that the grants were given to the beneficiaries based on their businesses.
Two of the beneficiaries Mr Wole Opadeye and Ms Fatima Alamu appreciated both the federal government and Senator Balogun for the gesture.
They pledged to make judicious use of the money to add value to their businesses.