By Vivian Okejeme, Abuja
The Director General of Small and Medium Enterprises Development of Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), Dr Dikko Radda, has inaugurated a project steering committee for the forthcoming national summit on growth and support initiatives for Nigerian artisans and the informal sector.
Inaugurating the committee, yesterday, Radda said the initiative was in line with the President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s economic recovery blueprint to aid artisans.
“This initiative is in tandem with the present administration’s mediun term plan between 2017-2020, tagged Economic Recovery Growth Plan (ERGP), which one of its strategic pillar among others is to drive industrialization through focusing on MSMEs for the purpose of restoring economic growth while leveraging the ingenuity and resilience of the Nigerian people – the nation’s most priceless assets.
He further enjoined the committee members to work assiduously in delivering on the corporate objectives as a business membership organization.
He added that the organisation has more future prospects in harnessing the strengths of her ever growing association as well as taking cognisance of the challenges being faced in order to proffer lasting solutions.
Concluding, he charged the committee to plan and hold the intended summit within the terms of reference as contained in the concept note and outlined framework for successful summit.
Speaking during his presentation, the project coordinator of Association of Skilled and Vocational Artisans of Nigeria national trade summit, Ernest Kemakolam, said ASVAN aims at empowering Nigerian artisans protected by law and recognized as professionals in their respective trade after passing through some scrutiny.
He informed that the mission is targeted at development of policy framework to address the issues if skills certification, remuneration and tax collection.
Further in his speech he explained that the summit is expected to establish a sustainable framework for a collaborative partnership amongst all stakeholders towards the successful in implementation of the summit outcomes.
He added that the summit is aimed at building capacity of participating members entrepreneural and leadership and skills.