The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Olusegun Aganga has charged management of the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) to reposition the Agency to perform its critical role in the economic transformation of the nation. The Minister gave this charge when he paid a courtesy visit to the SMEDAN Headquarters in Abuja.
Welcoming the Minister, the Director-General of SMEDAN, Bature Umar Masari, thanked him for finding out time to visit the Agency and for agreeing to launch the Agency’s on-line MSMEs Registration Platform that is designed to streamline the activities of the MSMEs in the country. Speaking on the Platform, the Director-General said, all arrangements have been concluded to create awareness of Nigerians on the need to take advantage of the all-important Platform. The Director-General also thanked the Minister for recognizing the challenges facing the Agency. He assured the Minister that his visit will definitely ginger and spur everyone in the Agency. On the ministerial directives earlier received, Masari said a lot of measures are being put in place to address some of the issues raised in the minister’s directive.
Masari said ”I am new here, but within a short period, I have come to understand the importance of this Agency to the nation’s economic development we will make everything possible to ensure that Nigerians benefit from the programmes of the Agency”.
The Minister was also acquainted with the structure of the Agency by the Head of Admin and Human Resources of the Agency, Mallam Shehu Ibrahim. Other matters affecting the Agency were also tabled before the Minister, .
A presentation on the On-line Registration of MSMEs was made by the Head of ICT Unit Alhaji Ibrahim Abdulmalik, , the Minister however made some observation MSMEs platform after commissioning the Platform, he said he was privileged and delighted to launch the first On-line MSMEs Registration platform and commended the Agency for a job well-done. “However, there certain observations I have to make. It is important, for instance to recognize that a large number of entrepreneurs may still not have access to Internet, and may not even be able to speak English. So, there is the need to make the information therein in local languages also. More so, from onset, emphasis should be laid on the benefits of the registration. You should be able to make the entrepreneurs to buy into the programme” He charged the Agency to work harder, so as to meet up with the challenges.
Aganga reiterated how delighted he was for the visit and admonished staff of the Agency to work with passion, with love for the job, and not for the money involved. With that kind of spirit, you can move the Agency to a higher level, he said.