Governor Alhaji AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara state has announced the release of N500 million to support businesses affected by the looting carried out by hoodlums in the state last week.
The announcement which was made in a statement released by his Chief Press Secretary Rafiu Ajakaye, also revealed that the move was part of his administration’s efforts to revive businesses following recent looting incident in the state.
The Governor who condemned the “mindless looting” of people’s businesses in the state capital on Friday October 23, averred that there can be no justification for such criminal behaviour.
It was also learnt that the application form is live and active on the state government’s website and can now be filled by interested parties so as to get them back as soon as possible.
Debunking claim of the looting being carried out by students in the state during a visit to Kwara Mall and Agro Mall, Governor Abdulrazaq stated that the incident may bring businesses to their knees and also cause massive loss of jobs and a surge in poverty rate in the state.
“We are therefore not going to leave the business owners like that. We are setting up a N500 million fund for those that were affected to access.
“The application form is live and active on the state government’s website and can now be filled by interested parties. We are going to get them back as soon as possible.
“While the hoodlums were looting (on Friday), I was holding a meeting with executives and members of the National Association of Kwara State Students (NAKSS) and National Association of Nigeria Students (NANS), Kwara axis.
“It shows students and youths were not part of the looting. Those involved were just hoodlums and thieves.”
I had a meeting with the owners of the businesses that were looted by the hoodlums. We are determined to preserve their livelihoods and, consequently, the jobs of those they have employed. pic.twitter.com/IADxKGsek1
— Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq (@RealAARahman) October 27, 2020