The Director-General of Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), Alhaji Bature Umar, has announced that the agency is partnering Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) to facilitate job creation in Nigeria.
The Director General disclosed this recently when the country Director of VSO, Mr Sriramappa Gonchikara, paid a courtesy visit to the SMEDAN headquarters.
He said the level of unemployment in the country had reached alarming proportion and required quick and sustainable intervention through active collaboration of government, private sector and non-governmental organisations.
He added that SMEDAN as a government agency, whose mandate revolves around job creation, poverty alleviation and wealth creation through the establishment of micro, small and medium enterprises, is ever ready to partner non-governmental organisations to evolve strategies that could make jobs available to Nigerians.
He directed VSO to come up with modalities of partnership with SMEDAN in order to foster collaboration on job creation, particularly in the implementation of NEDEP programme which was launched by President Jonathan in February this year.
The VSO country director, Mr Sriramappa, told the director-general that his organisation was seriously disturbed about the increasing rate of unemployment in the country.
â€In order for Nigeria to address its unemployment problem, the country must bring stakeholders together to be able to create a minimum of 2.5million jobs every year.â€
Sriramappa equally stated that it could only be possible if the government extend its hands of fellowship to non-governmental organisations for active collaboration in diverse spectrum of job creation initiatives.
He further said that VSO has been partnering some state government across the country in the areas of training of graduate volunteer scheme through which science- based graduate are trained and posted to teach in some secondary schools for a period of one year after completion of NYSC.
He added that VSO would partner SMEDAN to provide business development services to start up and existing enterprises with a view to making such businesses stand the test of time and favourably compete with similar businesses in a sustainable way.