Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr Olusegun Aganga, has flagged off the National Enterprise Development Plan (NEDEP), and formally inaugurated the Kano State Council on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Sector, (MSMEs).
The NEDEP programme, according to Aganga, was geared towards creating an additional 350,000 direct and indirect new jobs between now and 2015 in “Kano State alone.”
He said the Kano MSME council which was the first to be inaugurated in the country would be used as the driving mechanism for all enterprise development programmes across the country. The council reports to the National Council on MSME which will soon be inaugurated by President Goodluck Jonathan.
Aganga commended the Kano state Government for taking the bold initiative in composing the MSME council saying, “This goes to show the commitment and determination of the Kano state Government to empower its people”.
He particularly lauded Governor Kwankwaso for creating 250,000 entrepreneurs of which 80 percent are women, adding that the programme was in line with the ministry’s commitment to create jobs, generate wealth and enhance economic growth.
“The major critical inhibiting factors for MSMEs were access to finance, markets, lack of adequate infrastructure, lack of skills and business development and entrepreneurship training, as a result my ministry has developed NEDEP as new, strategic and revolutionary way of delivering enterprise development in Nigeria aimed at revitalizing MSME sectors,” he concluded.