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Creating Jobs Via Enterprise Development Strategies

Posted: Feb 25, 2016 at 11:08 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Franca Ofili, Lagos

Analysts observe that some of the strategies of the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) to drive the present administration’s policy on job creation are its programmes such as Business Development Services, Entrepreneurship Training and Technical/Vocational Skills Acquisition.
According to them, these programmes support the establishment and growth of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) as a veritable instrument for job creation and poverty alleviation among market women, artisanal groups and business clusters.
For the benefit of hindsight, President Muhammadu Buhari, in his electioneering, had expressed determination to strengthen government institutions such as SMEDAN to create jobs, reduce poverty and promote inclusive economy.
Further to this, the inauguration of the 2015/2016 National Assembly empowerment programme nationwide by which more than 20,000 micro and small business operators benefitted from entrepreneurship and vocational trainings, has validated the present administration’s commitment in that regard.
In the programme, micro and small business operators received items such as tricycles, motorcycles, grinding, sewing and block molding machines, hair dressing and barbing saloon equipment, among others, to make them self-reliant and potential employers.
Speaking at a ceremony to inaugurate the delivery of the materials in Abuja recently, the Director-General of SMEDAN, Malam Bature Masari, urged contractors handling the intervention programmes to ensure compliance with due process guidelines contained in the contract agreement.