Katsina State Governor Commits to MSME Development in Collaboration with SMEDAN

From Lateef Taiwo

Governor Dikko Umaru Radda of Katsina State has affirmed his administration’s commitment to fostering effective collaboration with the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria, (SMEDAN).

The governor made this pronouncement when he received the agency’s management led by the Director General Mr. Charles Odii.

Governor Radda expressed his dedication to supporting MSMEs in the state, emphasizing the importance of developing and protecting the Industrial Development Center (IDC) in the state.

He highlighted the provision of robust security measures to safeguard MSMEs, aiming to ensure that the state takes pride in developing these enterprises.

Governor Radda also outlined his vision for creating similar opportunities in the three senatorial zones of the state.

He expressed the desire to establish two or more Industrial hubs to encourage productivity among the people.

According to the governor,. “this intervention is crucial for the growth of MSMEs in the state”.

Governor Radda believes that with seriousness and concerted efforts, the state could secure funding for MSMEs, offering employment opportunities and creating wealth for the youth.

He expressed confidence in the new leadership of SMEDAN, advising the management to collaborate with both the private and public sectors to achieve their objectives.

Drawing from his past experience heading the agency, the governor emphasized the need for swift action during the limited tenure.

“You know we have a four-year tenure, and for you to achieve what you want, you need to move faster,” he advised.

Earlier, SMEDAN Director General Charles Odii assured the governor of the agency’s readiness to partner with the state in MSME development. He welcomed the governor’s intent to visit the new corporate Headquarters of the agency, a project conceptualised and executed by the Governor and affirmed SMEDAN’s commitment to achieving its mandate under the new leadership.


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