The gubernatorial candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP) in Kwara state, Waziri Yakubu Gobir, has flagged off a poverty alleviation program targeting 20,000 beneficiaries.
The multi-million-naira fund is expected to support the most vulnerable communities and individuals across the state.
Speaking to newsmen in Ilorin, Gobir stated the need to prioritise social investments and capacity- building to turn the tide on a festering economic crisis.
“Micro, small and medium scale enterprises are the backbone of any economy. While I have supported Kwara entrepreneurs and small businesses through social investments over the years, this fund seeks to scale the impact by targeting the most vulnerable segments of society with economic palliatives which address the widening equality gap,” he said.
With a soft launch in September 2022, the Gobir initiative popularly known as “Alaanu Mekunnu” targets all Kwarans in need, irrespective of ethnicity, political affiliation, religion or status. Till date, over 38,000 applications for social support have been received, with 10% of the earmarked funds disbursed thus far.
Speaking on the dearth of data around socially vulnerable persons, Gobir further stated, “I dare say this is the first real attempt at building a cohesive, reliable social register as far as Kwara state is concerned.”