The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria, SMEDAN, says it will continue to strengthen entrepreneurship projects among Nigerians towards improving the nation’s economy.
The Deputy Director, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Department in SMEDAN, Mallam Ado Bello stated this in Abuja at a news conference on Advance Africa Entrepreneurs International Conference.
Mallam Bello who was represented by Mr Abdullahi Kukawa said SMEDAN had been embarking on various programmes aimed at boosting the capacity of entrepreneurs and small scale business owners nationwide.
He noted that for Nigeria to achieve national economic development, adequate attention must be given to the growth of MSMEs in the country.
The Deputy Director explained that various loan scheme had also been put in place as part of measures to enhance the capacity of small scale business owners and companies across the country.
While expressing concern over the impact of COVID–19 pandemic on small businesses, Mallam Bello pointed out that SMEDAN would not relent in cushioning the effects of the pandemic through various intervention programmes.
He therefore expressed SMEDAN’s readiness to support the conference towards encouraging the growth of entrepreneurship and business owners in the 36 States of the Federation and the FCT.
Earlier, the Chairman, Organizing Committee of the Conference, Doctor Kingsley Eze said the programme was to further contribute to national economic development through entrepreneurship growth.
Doctor Kingsley Eze called for more conducive environment for the development of small scale businesses in the country.
He also stressed the need for more employment opportunities for youths to contribute to the growth of the economy.