Bature Umar Masari is the director-general of Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN). In this interview with PEMBI DAVID-STEPHEN, he talks about the activities of the agency, its achievements and challenges, saying SMEDAN’s major challenge remains the issue of inadequate funding.
What is the mandate of SMEDAN?
Over the years, since 2003 when the agency was established, it has been doing a lot in the area of enterprise creation and development, and identifying Nigerians who are interested in entrepreneurship creation and development; and providing training in entrepreneurship and vocational skills, so that Nigerians can be equipped to go into entrepreneurship creation and development. There are a lot of activities going on in the agency nationwide, and we have been able to ensure decentralisation of the activities of the agency in all the states of the federation, with offices in the six geo-political zones in the country. We did this so that our personnel can operate closely with their populace in the rural areas, who mostly need our intervention. We have equally increased the tempo of our activities in the area of entrepreneurship creation and vocational skills acquisition, especially with the introduction of National Enterprise Development Programme (NEDP). It’s an idea initiated by our minister, Dr. Olusegun Aganga, to ensure a holistic development of MSMEs in the country.Add a comment
The Director General of the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) Alhaji Bature Umar Masari has urged Nigerians to key into investment opportunities in rural areas for job and wealth creation.He gave the advice while addressing State House Correspondents after briefing Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on the activities of SMEDAN.The Vice President is the Chairman of the National Council on MSME.
Masari said that the federal agencies involved in MSME development had done a lot to provide skills and jobs for millions of Nigerians but added that a lot of potential in the rural areas had yet to be explored.Add a comment
Nigeria’s Vice President on Thursday said the impact of government’s efforts in the development and promotion of Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) in the country must be clear and measurable. Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), maintained that this is the only way massive funding can be attracted to fund small and medium scale businesses from investors and banks. Prof Osinbajo, who spoke during a session in his office with management staff of the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), led by its Director-General, Alhaji Bature Umar Masari, noted that scale and focus were key for the agency to achieve the goals for which it was created.Add a comment