Oyo state Director, National Orientation Agency, NOA, Mr Kayode Odedokun has advised residents of Oyo state to visit any of the agency’s offices at any of the local government close to them to register for the Federal government’s Market moni, trader moni and farmer moni.
Mr Odedokun made this known at the official opening of the advanced training for Community Orientation and Mobilization Officers, COMOs, for the next batch of Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme GEEP, in Oyo state
While given out requirements for prospective beneficiaries, Mr Odedokun said interested residents of the state must be between the ages of 18 and 55 years with valid National Identification Number, NIN.
He explained that “if you give any wrong information concerning your person, the tablet would reject it. This time around, there are age limits, the highest age for anyone that want to register is 55”
He said “We have 33 local government and we have officers in all the 33 local government, they will just ask for the NOA office in each of the local government, so any local government they fall under, they’ll go there and register”
The Oyo NOA boss who said the empowerment programme is not for civil servant stressed that “the money is just a loan which will be given to people who only resides in Oyo state but the civil servants are not entitled to it”
Mr Odedokun added that “The money would be used for six months, after six month, you’ll start paying back. It does not attract any interest.”
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Minister of Humanitarian affairs, women and social inclusion, Hajia Umar Farouq said the workshop was to train community orientation and mobilization officer, COMOS on Digital Registration of potential beneficiaries.
Represented by the Oyo state coordinator of the programme,Mrs Funke Olatunji, the minister said the desk officers are to capture all applicant’s data for validation and selection for Trader moni, farmer moni and market moni.
She explained that the target beneficiaries for the GEEP monies are the poor and vulnerable Nigerians.
Hajia Farouq also disclosed that the beneficiaries of the last batch of registrants done in 2021 would begin to receive the money in few weeks time.
She said the fund is between fifty thousand naira and one hundred and fifty thousand naira
Also speaking, representative of the Oyo state commissioner for Women affairs and social inclusion, Alhaja Labake Olayiwola, Dr Ibironke Akinyemi reiterated the need for synergy at all levels to alleviate poverty.