By Felix Khanoba
The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) has called for stronger collaboration among Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) development agencies to speed up the job creation’s drive of the sub-sector.
Director General of SMEDAN, Dr. Dikko Umaru Radda, who made this call at the opening ceremony of the 2018 management retreat and strategy session of the agency in Jos, noted that unless fruitful collaborations among SMEs development agencies are consummated, the sub-sector would continue to lag behind despite its huge potentials .
According to a statement made available to The AUTHORITY by SMEDAN and signed by Ibrahim Mohammed of its Corporate Affairs Unit, Radda commended the Plateau State Government for setting up the state’s Micro Small and Medium Enterprise Development Agency (PLASMEDA) and making it a model for youth engagement and employment.
The SMEDAN boss said that with the Plateau experience in effective collaboration with the agency, state governments have golden opportunities to address youth unemployment.
“It is heartwarming to say that Plateau State Government was one of the few states to establish an agency for MSMEs development in Nigeria and one of the few states that hosted the nationwide MSMEs Clinic and launched the One Stop Shop,” he said.
Commenting on the Jos retreat, Radda said that the event was the first attempt to bring management staff, zonal coordinators and all state office managers together to brainstorm on how to move SMEDAN forward.
He said the event with the theme, “Re- Engineering for Effectiveness and Efficiency”, provided an opportunity for highly sought after resource persons to help dissect and diagnose the system and prescribe working solution that would indeed enhance the agency’s ability to deliver on her mandate effectively and efficiently.
The SMEDAN boss also announced that a new Department of Agriculture and Extension Services has been approved for the agency by the Head of Service, adding that the move would boost its capacity to provide business development service that is specific to this focal sector of the Nigeria economy.