Federal Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development Imo state has dissociated itself from messages informing the public of business plan/proposal assistance. The ministry made call for young people to apply for funds to start up various agricultural ventures in the past. Names of successful applicants were shortlisted and they were invited to come for the next stage of the application which involved collection of business plan template to complete and return to them. One of the requirements for completing the application process involves writing a business plan for the proposed agricultural project which they provided a template for this.

Some individuals decided to make quick cash by collecting money to develop the business plan for others. They are charging as high as N20,000 to do this and to get their clients, they started sending text messages and making it look as if it has the endorsement of the Ministry. The Ministry have reacted to this by sending messages informing prospective applicants they are not part of it. So be advised before become a victim.

In a related development, the ministry’s office was burgled last week when they started giving out the letters and forms for business plan. The burglars probably thought the money has been brought from Abuja to disburse..LOL

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