To avert the repeat of the unfortunate incident in which about 19 persons died at the recent Nigeria Immigration Service [NIS] recruitment exercise, the Director- General of Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), Alhaji Bature Umar Masari, has affirmed the Agency’s commitment to partner with the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Youth and Student Matters towards promoting and inculcating the spirit of entrepreneurship amongst Nigerian youths and students.
The Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (“MSME”) represents one of, if not the most important sector of our economy. It currently represents 96% of the businesses in Nigeria and contributes 75% of the National employment. Of the 17.2 million MSMEs in Nigeria, over 17 million are micro-enterprises. Thus, growth in this sector is directly correlated with growth in the economy as a whole and in the level of employment throughout Nigeria.
The Director General of Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), Alhaji Bature Umar has promised to partner with Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) to facilitate the job creation drive of President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.The Director General made the pledge on Tuesday when the country Director of VSO, Mr Sriramappa Gonchikara paid a courtesy visit at the SMEDAN headquarters.