The Federal government says it is taking steps to tackle unemployment and economic difficulties occasioned by the outbreak of covid-19 through strengthening of micro small and medium enterprises.
The Director General Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria, SMEDAN Dr. Dikko Umaru Radda stated this in Owerri at the opening of a “Support Organizations’ Dialogue” held for chambers of commerce in the south east states, trade organizations and other affiliate bodies in both public and sector in the zone.
He said the meeting which was in partnership with the Imo state government was to acquaint participants with some of the policies of the federal government with a view to keying into them to grow their businesses.
Dr. Umaru Radda who was represented by a Director in the Agency Dr. Friday Okpara explained that the government was encouraging formation of industrial clusters across the federation to enable it address infrastructural deficit such as insufficient power supply facing operators of micro small and medium enterprises collectively.
“SMEDAN is desirous of entering into a new strategic partnership with MSME support organisations and business membership organisations at both the private and public sectors to enhance the operational efficiency of micro,small and medium enterprises across the country and especially South east”
The Commissioner for Commerce and Industry in Imo state Mr. Simon Ebegbulam described micro small and medium enterprises as strategic to the socio-economic growth of every nation noting that the state government would continue to support businesses to thrive.
Some of the participants while commending the federal and state governments to the initiative called for provision of access roads and increase in power supply to support their businesses.