Governor Lalong Visits SMEDAN and seek partnership to develop MSME in Plateau State The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria, SMEDAN is well positioned to assist state governments in developing and promoting Micro Small and Medium Enterprises MSMEs considering the strategic importance of the sector to create wealth and alleviate poverty. Director General of SMEDAN, Dr. Dikko Umaru Radda made this known while welcoming the Plateau State Governor Rt. Hon Simon Lalong to his office recently. He said 96 percent of MSMEs in the country are micro and the Agency was doing all it could to formalize them so that they can be able to access funds and other benefits.
Dr Radda noted that the Agency is being repositioned to meet the challenges of the present times, adding the visit of the Plateau state chief executive to the agency was not only apt but encouraging. He said SMEDAN will assist the state in key areas of business development services and entrepreneurship training and congratulated the Governor for establishing the state small and medium enterprises development agency and the micro finance Agency. Earlier, the Plateau State Governor Rt.Hon Simon Lalong congratulated the Director General of SMEDAN on his appointment and said he was in Agency as part of his advocacy visit to strategic federal government agencies in Abuja. The governor noted that SMEDAN is key to actualizing one of his agenda for youth and women in the state, hence the establishment of the state MSME agency. Hon Lalong added that he also came to introduce the head of the newly formed Plateau State Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency to the Director General so that both agencies can synergize on how to develop MSMEs in Plateau state. Governor Lalong was accompanied on the visit by the Secretary of the State Government, Mr. Rufus Bature, Chief of Staff Government House, Mr. John Dafaan, Commissioner of Finance, Mrs Tamwakat Weli, Commissioner of Water Resources and Energy, Mr. David Wuyep and the Director General of the Plateau Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency PLASMEDA.