The Director General of the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria, SMEDAN Dr Dikko Umaru Radda has flagged off the Post Training Business Development Service for Zonal Intervention Programme as part of the agency’s effort to further boost the contributions of micro, small and medium enterprises to GDP and the economy at large.
Dr Radda reiterated the agency’s commitment through this programme to support 5,000 businesses nationwide. Adding ‘’we believe at the end of the day we would be able to generate about 50, 000 indirect jobs’’. He said the programme will hold in 103 locations across the country.
Commenting on the objectives of the programme, Dr Radda said it aims to achieve among others, critical on the spot assessment and application of problem solving techniques to enable the beneficiaries run their businesses better.The Director General added that the programmes would afford us the oppourtunity to understand the peculiar challenges being faced by each of the enterprises the Agency had interfaced with as well as to provide Business Development Services and other ancillary services that will enhance the management of the enterprises and strengthen the linkage between the Agency and the target participants.
Dr Radda noted that the overall benefit of the programme is that the businesses to be followed up and examined are expected to make impact by creating wealth and job opportunities. ‘’ And we expect that the businesses will also trigger a value chain of support enterprises which will also indirectly add to the employment generation drive of the programme, They will also be on the Agency’s priority list for funding and access to business finance’’.Meanwhile, the Director General and Chief Executive Officer of SMEDAN, Dr Dikko Umaru Radda has directed that SMEDAN state offices to put all machinery in motion to ensure that every part of the country is reached.
He also directed that a proper analysis of the data collected from the different locations be done in order to have up to date information on the Agency’s MSME clients and trainees.