SMEDAN to create 5 million jobs by 2015
The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria has said it intends to create five million jobs by 2015.
The Head, South-West Zone, SMEDAN, Mr. Gbenga Ogundeji, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Monday.
He said the agency had already mapped out plans to achieve this objective.
“SMEDAN is working hard to create a value chain for the provision of more jobs through development of small and medium-scale businesses in Nigeria,’’ he said.
Ogundeji said the agency was in partnership with all the states through various programmes to ensure the target was met.
He listed the partnerships to include ‘One Local Government, One Product’ programme aimed at providing assistance to the agricultural sector.
Ogundeji said, “Our major target is in food production and expanding businesses with improved access to loans through our partnership with the Bank of Industry and this is already in place.
“The expanded businesses and food production scheme would provide at least five jobs each which would in turn produce more.”
He called on state governments to sensitise their entrepreneurs and youths to be ready to cooperate with SMEDAN to provide the necessary assistance to their businesses.
Ogundeji also urged business owners to endeavour to get their businesses registered with relevant trade associations, including the newly introduced e-registration system for small and medium enterprises.
According to him, the registration will create the database that the government and the agency will need to determine the progress on job creation.
NAN reported that the Minister of Trade and Investment, Mr. Olusegun Aganga, last year announced the mandate of the Federal Government for SMEDAN and the Bank of Industry to create five million jobs in 2015.
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