Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State has offered N30million cash support to small business owners, including tea sellers and vulcanisers, to expand their businesses in Damaturu, the state capital.
Some of the beneficiaries of the gesture who spoke with our correspondent said they got N100, 000 each while others said they received N50, 000 each.
In his testimony, a tea seller, Mallam Yusuf, said: “Those who distributed the money came to our places of business after they confirmed our names from our union and presented the money to us.
“Even those who were not registered members also got the support.
“Around 200 registered small business holders and another 250 unregistered members got over N30 million.
“This is such an unexpected gesture. I have never had a capital of N50, 000 since I started my tea selling business years ago.
“I now have N100, 000 from the governor. What can I say? It is just amazing. It will help to expand my business.
”I pray that Almighty God will reward him and continue to support him in his services to the common man,” said Mr Yusuf.
Our correspondent reports that other beneficiaries were also full of praises to the governor, saying they are encouraged by the governor’s attitude and disposition for the common man.
DAILY NIGERIAN gathered that the governor usually reaches out to small business owners on personal grounds.
“He does the charitable acts usually through personal aides,” a source at the government house told this to our correspondent.