The Director General of the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), Dr Dikko Umaru Radda, has lamented the deplorable state of the industrial Development Centres (IDC) in the country. Dr Radda made the remark recently when he paid an inspection visit to IDC Zaria, stating that long time neglect of the IDCs has eroded their relevance to the industrial development needs of the country, despite their huge potentials and lasting investments
Citing IDC Zaria as an example, the Director General noted the Industrial Development Centres have the capacity of providing industrial cluster parks and work spaces for Micro, Small and Medium enterprises where they could share knowledge, common facility and market access.
He further stress that unless there is active collaboration between Federal, States Governments and private sector to resuscitate the centres, huge investments on provision off workshops and equipment would no distant future roast to waste
“We need to give IDC quick intervention, restore them for full utilization by MSMEs. The IDCs have huge potentials and if we provide necessary infrastructures, it is a place whereby we can provide workspace for MSMEs in Nigeria”. The DG stated
on the way forward, the Director General said a full report will be made to the Federal Executive Council through the Minister of industry, Trade and Investment to take decisive action especially on the issue of encroachment.
“This is a national asset, that should not be allowed to waste away especially looking the current administration's drive towards reducing unemployment and poverty" he said
" when we provide an enabling environment at his centre, we will ensure that workshops for metal/ foundry, auto mobile, wood, electrical, ceramics and leather works would made functional for the training of artisans as means of generating employment for our youths.