The Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC), Ms Yewande Sadiku, says matchmaking and linkage programmes will enhance opportunities for Small all and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).
Sadiku made the assertion during a two-day training/matchmaking/ of SMEs with Large Local Corporates (LLC) and Multinational Enterprises (MNEs).
The event was organised by NIPC and Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) in Lagos on Thursday.
Sadiku, who was represented by an Assistant Director of NIPC, Mrs Edit Udofia, said that both SMEDAM and NIPC had been engaging different categories of entrepreneurs on linkage programmes in the last few months.
“The first phase of action plan which was the pilot programme was agreed to focus on agro-industry / agro allied machineries, metal and foundry, plastic and rubber, electrical and industry services, and to be later spread to other sectors.
“After signing Memorandum of Understanding between NIPC and SMEDAN in January 2019, a Joint Technical Committee was inaugurated for the implementation of the work plan.
and the Lagos event is what is happening here today,” Radda said.
A former Chairman, Association of Small and Medium Enterprises, Osun branch, Mr Ali Alabi, commended the efforts of SMEDAN and NIPC in improving the capacities of SMEs.
Alabi said that the programme would enable SMEs markets to be known, adding that it would also improve their productions.
He urged robust networking among SMEs, MNEs and LLCs to enable them to remain in business.
Alabi said that for small businesses to thrive, there should be hand holding from government and big enterprises.
Mr Olarenwaju Oyekanmi, Managing Director of Alagura Farms Ltd., manufacturers of cassava for industries.
hailed SMEDAN and NIPC for organising the programme.
He, however, decried low turnout of big manufacturing companies at the event, and called for fine-tuning to achieve better results.
Edited by: Ijeoma Popoola
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