The Federal Government emphasised its commitment to mitigating the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the lives of ordinary citizens with the launch of the Transport Track of the Artisan/Transport Support Scheme.
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Amb. Mariam Katagum, the Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, said in Abuja on Monday at the inauguration of the scheme known as ‘Transport Track’, that it was part of the Artisans and Transport Scheme.
The minister who was represented by Mr Adewale Bakare, Director, Industrial Development Department in the ministry, said the Transport Track targeted 4,505 beneficiaries in each state across the country.
The Transport Track of the Artisan/Transport Support Scheme is officially open to transport operators such as Keke riders, Uber/Taxify riders, Bus drivers and all individuals working in the transport sector.
Applicants are encouraged to apply through their registered associations to be enumerated.
“Individuals who are members of associations but choose not to apply through their association can be enumerated but this ‘independent’ applicant will need proof of membership to be enumerated.
“On this note, I urge Ride share drivers (Uber, Bolt, et cetera.) taxi drivers, bus drivers, Keke Napep riders, commercial motorcycle riders, cart pushers among others to take advantage of this scheme,”.
The minister said applicants would access the fund at no cost since the initiative was borne out of the Federal Government’s commitment to help cushion the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy.
“It is absolutely free, do not pay anyone to benefit, your money is N30,000 and it will go directly into your bank accounts.
“Let me emphasise that government approved all the schemes as grants, and as such, all applicants should not pay money to influence anything because no one can influence anything,” she said.
“To qualify for enumeration, all intending beneficiaries are expected to apply through their (registered) associations.
“Individuals may walk up to our enumerators without routing through their association; but such an individual must have valid proof of membership of the association he/she claims to belong to,” she added.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that government functionaries and leaders of various transport operators’ associations were present at the event. (NAN).
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