Market women at two major markets; Mandate Ultra-modern market, Adewole and Ipata market in Ilorin metropolis, Kwara State, have rejected the Federal Government’s Social Investment Programme, Tradermoni, Nigerian tribune reported.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is expected in Ilorin on Friday to launch the programme, but the market women, it was gathered, have turned down the federal government’s offer.

The leadership of the market association in the State was said to have turned down the federal government’s offer on the ground that “the disbursement of such funds at this period has political undertones.”

The market women, according to sources close to their leaders, told those in charge of the fund disbursement to differ the disbursement till after next year’s general elections if their intention is genuine.

The chairperson of Market Women Association in the State, Adenike AbdulKareem Lambe, confirmed the rejection of the tradermoni by members of the association.

“We doubt the intention of the federal government on the disbursement of such funds at this period of electioneering campaigns towards the 2019 general elections.

“If they truly want to assist the market women, they should come back after next year’s general elections to disburse the funds to our members.

“We can’t be deceived by the APC government that has not done anything for us in the past three years. Where were the APC led federal government when fire razed our market and consumed goods worth millions of naira?”

Hajia Lambe also recalled that Senate President Bukola Saraki recently donated N5 million towards the construction of their union’s secretariat.