A former Minister of Education and co-convener of the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) Group, Oby Ezekwezili, on Friday accused the Nigerian Government of “deliberately corrupting the elections in Osun” by launching the Trader Moni scheme in the state three weeks before its scheduled governorship elections.
“The Federal Government either failed to be Ethically Circumspect or in fact Deliberately decided to CORRUPT the Elections in Osun by handing out Cash to Traders on the heels of the State Elections,” Ezekwezili tweeted on her Twitter page.
“Such behaviour after the Grand Corrupting of Voters in Ekiti is REPREHENSIBLE,” She added.
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on September 3, 2018, launched the programme, TraderMoni, in Osun targeting 30,000 traders and artisans in the state.
Osinbajo said the TraderMoni is a micro-credit scheme to cater for ultra-micro enterprises.
According to him, it is meant to reinforce the Federal Government’s commitment to bridge the credit gap and empower Nigerians at the grassroots.
“The policy of the Federal Government is to support businesses, not just big business but particularly small, medium-sized businesses and micro businesses. The whole idea is that we want to ensure that we give whatever support whether it is cash, advice or even registration to all of our small and medium enterprises” Osinbajo said during its launch in Benin late July.
The Federal Government budgeted N300,000,000 to empower traders in Osun, and the loan is expected to be repaid within six months, after which the traders can access higher amounts.