First Lady Remi Tinubu Launches Market-Moni Scheme for 1.5 Million Market Women


The present administration of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is ready to support Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the country with a view to creating a ripple effect for employment generation for Nigerians.

First Lady Remi Tinubu Launches Market-Moni Scheme for 1.5 Million Market Women
 Nigeria's First Lady Remi Tinubu at the launch of Market-Moni 2.0 in Abuja 

Yesterday, First Lady Oluremi Tinubu in Abuja launched Market-Moni 2.0 targeting 1.5 million women across 109 markets in 109 senatorial districts in the country. The scheme was initially launched by during the administration of former president Muhammadu Buhari.

Mrs Tinubu at the event also presented cheques to some of the scheme beneficiaries in Abuja. She charged beneficiaries of the interest and collateral-free loans scheme to invest their money wisely.

According to Arise TV, she said such support goes a long way in serving as lifeline to those struggling to make ends meet, while enhancing the overall well-being of individuals and families. 

The transformative impact that MSMEs can have on the lives of the vulnerable ones in our society, she explained, cannot be overemphasized, considering the fact that enterprises are the bedrock of our economy.

Mrs Tinubu said MSMEs play a crucial role in fostering inclusive growth and providing tangible benefits to those who need it most, especially women and persons with disability.

She added that small scale businesses provide a platform for economic empowerment of those with limited resources who can become self-reliant entrepreneurs when equipped with skills and a supportive environment.

Her words: “It is in this regard, the rebranding of the three components of this programme is significant. Thus, Tradermoni (now rebranded Owo Oja or Olilanya Ndi Nagbambo or Tallafin Sana’a); Farmermoni (now rebranded Owoagbe or Olilanya Ndi Oru Ugbo or Tallafin Manoma); and Marketmoni (now rebranded Iyaloja or Nne Ahia or Agajin Yan Kasuwa). 

“These rebranding drums home, especially among the womenfolk including traders and farmers, a deeper understanding and actual implication of the programme in our native languages. 

“As I was informed that one of the strategic components of the Federal Government’s National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) is the Rebranded and Expanded Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP), this Programme is expected to focus, among others, on offering interest and collateral-free loans to small scale entrepreneurs thereby providing financial inclusion and enabling individuals with limited resources to access much-needed capital for entrepreneurial endeavors. 

“This democratization of financial resources helps break down barriers and empowers the poor to participate actively in economic activities”.

Expressing reservation about traditional loans from commercial banks, she said such loans often come with high interest rates and stringent requirement for collateral, making it challenging for those with limited assets to secure funds.

According to her: “Eliminating these barriers, through Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) programs create a more accessible and supportive environment for individuals to start and expand their businesses.

“Such financial support enhances the overall sustainability of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). Small businesses often face cash flow challenges, and the absence of exorbitant interest rates ensures that entrepreneurs can invest profits back into their businesses, fostering growth and resilience. This, in turn, contributes to job creation and economic stability within communities.

“My words of advice to those who might secure interest and collateral free loans through this Programme is that you should plan wisely, exercise financial discipline in managing the funds, invest strategically, be committed to repayment agreement, and be flexible to be able to navigate the dynamic business landscape.

“It is on this note, I hereby flag-off the Renewed Hope Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Programme to the glory of God, and wish you all a successful participation in the scheme. May all those who participate in the scheme prosper in their various business ventures”, she said.

Earlier in her speech, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr Betta Edu, said the Market-Moni scheme targeted at one and a half million beneficiaries across various states in the country would cover all the 109 senatorial districts.

She said one major market from each of the senatorial districts would be chosen, adding that each beneficiary would receive interest and collateral free loans of N50,000 after registration.

According to her: “We are at a point to lift 50 million Nigerians out of poverty. They will be registered in the market. Their BVN will also be registered in the market….It is taking governance to the people.

“As soon as they register, a loan of N50,000 will be given to them, to use it for their businesses. The target for this is 1.5 million Nigerians that will benefit. We have other programmes that are within that bracket. Some of them are special projects targeted at Nigerians. 

“I must say that Mr President is in a hurry to change Nigeria for better within the next one year. Other projects include the N-Power projects, the home-grown school feeding projects, the new special vehicle which is the End-Hunger project, by the Grace of God the President will be flagging that off next month, etc. 

“Beyond this, we are going to also launch other projects that will help young people to get coding skills. We have several other projects.

“There are several interventions. We are dealing with multi-dimensional poverty so that at the end, we would have a nation that is strong under God, that its citizens will beat their chest and say indeed I am proud to be a Nigerian, and the Renewed Hope has truly come”, she said.

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