Vice President Kashim Shettima has officially launched the National Council on Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), urging its members to harness technology and their expertise to bolster the growth of the sector,leadership reports.
In a statement delivered by his spokesperson, Stanley Nkwocha, VP Shettima underscored President Bola Tinubu’s steadfast commitment to enhancing job security. He emphasized the crucial role of MSMEs and the younger generation in driving job creation and economic stimulation.
VP Shettima asserted, “This council has a pivotal role to play in reigniting hope in the Nigerian project, as President Tinubu is unwaveringly committed to addressing job security issues, particularly within the MSMEs and the younger population.”
Acknowledging the transformative potential of technology, the vice president encouraged council members to leverage its power to streamline processes and improve service delivery.
The council’s mandate encompasses the formulation of policies to drive MSME development, the promotion of public-private partnerships, and the facilitation of inter-agency collaboration.
The newly inaugurated council includes the vice president as chairman, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment as vice-chairman, two governors from each of the six geopolitical zones, and ministers of Agriculture, Innovation, Science and Technology, and Communication, Innovation, and Digital Economy. Additionally, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Job Creation and MSMEs, a representative from the private sector, and the Director-General of SMEDAN serve as members, with the latter also acting as the secretary.