The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) and the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) have resolved to mobilise resources for the development of small and medium scale enterprises in the country. The collaboration between the two organisations is aimed at making small firms more viable and creating jobs so that Nigeria can exit the current unemployment scourge.
The resolution was reached in Abuja when the SMEDAN director-general/chief executive officer, Dr. Dikko Umaru Radda, visited the president of ACCI, Prince Adetokumbo Kayode. In his address, Dr Radda expressed satisfaction with the ideas put forth by ACCI for the partnership to work and pointed out that SMEDAN was poised to embark on joint activities with the chamber for the overall benefits of the Micro- Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). He appreciated ACCI’s efforts to develop businesses in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in particular and Nigeria in general. Radda expressed joy that the collaboration and partnership between the two outfits had moved from talking to designing a framework to deepen the country’s economic development based on dedicated mission and vision of the organisations. According to SMEDAN boss, there is the need to designate ACCI as talent incubation hub to create jobs, develop the economy and ensure prosperity for Nigerians. SMEDAN, he said, is ready to partner with the chamber in all the areas highlighted by Kayode as they are geared towards creating jobs/employment opportunities and generate wealth for the people.
The DG said that as regards talent hunt, SMEDAN’s efforts are channeled more into Information Communication and Technology (ICT), noting that working with ACCI would make it easier for the agency to fast-track their joint activities. Earlier, Kayode explained that the chamber is championing the campaign for viable projects, programmes and activities to return the country on the path of Industrial development. He called on SMEDAN to enrol the chamber as one of its business membership organisations. He said: “The chamber is requesting SMEDAN to enrol us as one of its Business Membership Organisation (BMO), adopt ACCI as a talent incubation hub, go into partnership with us in the area of capacity building as well as skill acquisition.”