By Matthew Denis
In a bid to enhance economic growth and development in the state, the Kwara State Government has concluded plans to empower artisans with funds.
This was disclosed by the Special Adviser to the state Governor on Artisans Related Matters, Prince Muhammad Kazeem Olanipekun on Friday in Ilorin.
According to him, the artisans under the umbrella of Kwara Artisans Association have 72 registered associations across the state, adding that collations of names are ongoing for the empowerment programme.
He said ” We have been visiting the groups individually to familiarise with them and collate names for the empowerment programme soon and ensure cooperation and unity with their leadership in the state.
“We have made forms for the empowerment programme available to the artisans through their various groups. After the collation process the names of the beneficiaries will be submitted to appropriate quarters for the empowerment,” he explained.
He urged the artisans to ensure prompt payment of their tax before the end of April in compliance to the directive of the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KWIRS).
He said, “Tax levy for artisans is only N1, 500 at state level and N1,000 for local government per annum. Therefore, we are calling on those that are yet to comply with Kwara State Internal Revenue Service directive, to ensure they pay immediately.”
He stressed that it is only through sincere commitment in supporting the government by paying tax that they (artisans) can enjoy basic amenities.
Olanipekun assured them that their welfare is paramount to the state government while calling for synergy with government for maximum benefit.
He also urged members to embrace peace, unity and harmonious working relationship with one another.