The Federal Government has said its target is for the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises sector to account for 70 per cent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product by 2025.
The Director-General, Small and Medium Enterprise Development Agency of Nigeria, Dikko Radda, said this at a stakeholders’ dialogue on the implementation of the new national policy on MSMEs (2021-2025) in Abuja.
Radda was represented by the Director (Partnership and Coordination), Friday Okpara, at the event, which was part of the coordination mechanisms provided by the Investment Climate Reform facility on effective implementation of the policy.
According to him, the MSME sector currently contributes 49 per cent to the GDP and has provided over 59 million employment opportunities in the country.
He expressed confidence that the target growth was achievable.
He said, “With over 41 million MSMEs, the minimum target to be realised before the expiration of the policy in 2025 is to ensure an enabling environment is created for the 41 million MSMEs to grow and create a minimum of one extra employment, which currently stands at over 59 million, and also push the sub-sector’s contribution to the GDP from the current 49 per cent to 70 per cent by the close of 2025.
“The top five sectors, according to the same document, are wholesale/retail, 42.3 per cent; agriculture, 20.9 per cent; other services, 13.9 per cent; manufacturing, 9.0 per cent, and accommodation/food services, 5.7 per cent.
“However, and in contrast to this, its share of total exports remains small, between 10.0 per cent and 29.9 per cent. These are figures the policy has targeted to increase significantly within the next five years.”
He recalled that one of the core challenges the MSMEs took up towards providing an enabling space was producing the first-ever National Policy for MSMEs in 2007.
The DG said the newly revised policy was a product of deep and wide consultations across Nigeria, adding, “The policy largely seeks to ensure MSMEs in the country are active, innovative and globally competitive.”
Radda said, “Understanding the challenges that have in the time past limited the implementation of past national policies and in our efforts to allow for ownership of the policy document by all identified stakeholders, we have ensured that the new national policy document detailed out a policy implementation matrix, where key mandates of MDAs informed the roles they are to play in the implementation.
“We are not unaware of the overlap of mandates but we are equally very confident that a proper coordination mechanism can thin out the challenges usually experienced in the implementation of past policies.”
Radda applauded the ICR facility for putting in place a proper coordination mechanism that would see every stakeholder as champions of MSME development.
‘SMEs Have Received N56.84bn Survival Fund’
The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr Evelyn Ngige, said on Monday that the ministry had disbursed N56.84bn of the N75m Micro Small and Medium Enterprises Survival Fund to 835,161 beneficiaries.
Ngige, who said the fund was to strengthen the MSME sector, gave the breakdown of disbursement as N8.80bn to 293,336 beneficiaries under the Artisan Support and Transport Scheme; N43.92bn to 459,334 beneficiaries under the Payroll Support Scheme and N4.12bn to 82.491 beneficiaries under the MSME Grant Scheme.
The PS disclosed these in her opening remark during the technical session of the 13th meeting of the National Council on Industry, Trade and Investment.
She said the ministry had also through the Bank of Industry disbursed N15bn to 863 MSME businesses across several sectors.
She said, “As part of government efforts to reduce poverty through the creation of jobs, various strategic wealth creation programmes have been embarked upon by the ministry through the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria.
“These initiatives are all geared towards Mr President’s promise of taking 100 million Nigerians out of poverty within the next 10 years.
“These efforts have also led to the review of the National Policy on MSMEs to encourage the establishment of more small and medium scale enterprises within the length and breadth of the country. This has accelerated the profitable expansion of MSMEs along the chain of development.
“Other key programmes initiated by the ministry to create wealth and grow the economy include the Advancement for Women in Agriculture, Agro Allied and Cottage Enterprises which has successfully developed the agro-processing capacities and capabilities of women.
“At the moment, over 300 women have been trained and provided with processing equipment as grants to enhance their agro-processing engagements.”
Ekiti State Commissioner for Trade and Industry, Muyiwa Olumilua, said the primary focus of the yearly meeting was to proffer policies and solutions in the Industry, Trade and investment sector and to chart a course that would transform the nation’s economy.
By: Lilian Peters
Association Cautions Accountants Against Unethical Practices
Association of National Accountancy of Nigeria has called on accountants in the country to uphold the highest level of ethical standards in the discharge of their professional duties.
First vice president of the association Chief James Neminebor said this in Port Harcourt at a seminar for members of the association.
The seminar which coincided with the 2021 International Accountants Day has as it’s theme, “Information Technology and Accountancy profession, impact, Challenges and Prospect.
Neminebor said that accountants creat value and make the society better for all.
He said accountants should also act as mirrors of the society, stressing that the public attaches greater confidence in them and hold the accountants in High esteem.
He said members of the profession should also avail themselves of the opportunity provided by the digital age to improve their services to the society.
Neminebor also commended the Rivers State chapter for organising the seminar.
In his welcome address the Rivers State Chairman of the Association Elder Chidi Orlu said apart from celebrating the International Accountancy Day, “the event was also to enlighten the participants of one of the emerging critical areas in the accountancy profession.
According to him, the accountancy profession has become a key in global economic development, playing an indispensable role in public and private sector resource allocation, effective reporting and performance management.
He said the role of the accountant is therefore on a steady increase both in terms of volume and in complexity and therefore must cope with the rising demands and deploy appropriate cutting edge and tools one of which is the digital accountingskills and tools.
The chairman said the association has always been in the forefront among global professional accountancy organisations and was the first to direct that the event be made part of the annual programmes of all the branches in the country.
By: John Bibor
NASSI Restates Commitment Towards Entrepreneurial Dev
The National Association of Small Scale Industrialists NASSI has reassured it commitment towards the promotion of entrepreneurial growth and development in the country.
The National President of the association, Dr Solomon Daniel gave the assurance while inaugurating a seven man electoral committee in Rivers State to organise a transition for the association. The National President of the association said the only criteria for the association to succeed was to work in one accord and become resolute in their plans.
He pointed out that lots of loan opportunities and other incentives exist but are inaccessible because of lack of developing focus and unity of purpose among members of the association.
He commended the Rivers State Ministry of Commerce and Industry for their intervention into the crisis of the Rivers State chapter of the association and urged the members of the association to embrace peace and work collectively to achieve their goals and objectives.
The president also charged the Eleco members to ensure the conduct of credible election for the association.
In her remarks the Head of SMES in the Ministry, Amieye Satty thanked the National President for the visit to Rivers State and urged members of association to key into the template set by the the president to achieve their aims.
She assured of the commitment of the Ministry to create the enabling environment for enterprise development to strive in Rivers State.
Speaking shortly after the inauguration ceremony which held at the Board Room of the Rivers Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the chairman of the Electoral committee, Dr Mechi Brown assured that the committee would live up to it’s mandate and called for the support of members of the association to enable a smooth transition.
By: Taneh Beemene
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