A non-governmental organization, Dpat Foundation has called on
government to look into the plight of rural marketers and provide them with adequate funding in order to expand their businesses.
The president of the Foundation, Mrs Ardey Patience made the call yesterday at a one day symposium thened: Advantages of cottage industries and the future of cooperatives in rural Nigeria held at Abaji Area acCouncil, FCT Abuja
Mrs Ardey said that Dpat Foundation was formed in 1981 and it came into existence 1986,it partner with government in 1987.
According to her the aim of forming this organisation is to into the plight of the rural people.
“These people are voiceless, they are farmers and they do not know what and we are encouraging them on how to expand in their businesses. Each home have a small to do but their problem is the lack of fund, So we are appealing on government to both local, state and federal government to look into the plight of rural dwellers.
Government should note that rural people also contribute for quota for the development of the nation in terms of food and revenue,”she said.
She further said that if government is able to help the rural dwellers there will be a better Nigeria.
Also speaking the head consultant Dpat Foundation, Effiong Emmanuel said that the aim of organizing a one day symposium is to help the rural marketers know the importance of small scale businesses and encourage them to give more attention to their small scale businesses and that can serve as a economic development.
“It has come to our understanding that almost every home home in the rural communities have one or two business but they do not know how to expand it. So we are here to educate them how to finance their businesses,” he noted Speaking on the development, Abaji local council chairman Hon Abdulrahman Ajiya said his leadership as a local council will make sure he do everything possible to support his local people heights their businesses. “We will support our local people with reasonable loans and other means of finances to support their markets,” he added.