Bature Umar Masari is the director-general of Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN). In this interview with PEMBI DAVID-STEPHEN, he talks about the activities of the agency, its achievements and challenges, saying SMEDAN’s major challenge remains the issue of inadequate funding.
What is the mandate of SMEDAN?
Over the years, since 2003 when the agency was established, it has been doing a lot in the area of enterprise creation and development, and identifying Nigerians who are interested in entrepreneurship creation and development; and providing training in entrepreneurship and vocational skills, so that Nigerians can be equipped to go into entrepreneurship creation and development. There are a lot of activities going on in the agency nationwide, and we have been able to ensure decentralisation of the activities of the agency in all the states of the federation, with offices in the six geo-political zones in the country. We did this so that our personnel can operate closely with their populace in the rural areas, who mostly need our intervention. We have equally increased the tempo of our activities in the area of entrepreneurship creation and vocational skills acquisition, especially with the introduction of National Enterprise Development Programme (NEDP). It’s an idea initiated by our minister, Dr. Olusegun Aganga, to ensure a holistic development of MSMEs in the country.Add a comment
In a bid to ensure the growth of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Nigeria, the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Computer Warehouse Group CWG Plc at the Corporate headquarters of the agency in Abuja.The objective of the MOU is to provide an ICT technology platform for the use of MSMEs at very little cost; this would also avail them the services of an Enterprises Resource Planning (ERP) platform called Small and Medium Enterprise Resource Planning (SMERP). This platform will allow the MSMEs to manage their business operations and provides functionalities such as accounting management, inventory management, sales and order tracking. The MOU’s Second objective is to provide an e-commerce platform that enables MSMEs to sell their goods and services online by creating a virtual store for each SME on the internet.Add a comment
Oyo Govt partners SMEDAN to addressyouth unemployment, poverty The Governor of Oyo State Senator Abiola Ajimobi has promised to leverage on the opportunities offered by the small and medium enterprises development agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) programmes to address the challenges of unemployment and poverty In the state. Ajimobi made the remark on Thursday during a courtesy visit by Oyo state high powered delegation on SMEDAN management, at the Agency's corporate headquarters in Abuja. The Governor who was represented by his Deputy Chief Otunba Moses Adeyemo, noted that poverty and escalating unemployment could attributable to the disturbing security challenges with their consequences on the socio-economic and political vicissitudes.Add a comment