Katsina - The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) is to create 250 000 direct and indirect new jobs in Katsina State from 2013 to 2015.
The SMEDAN Director-General, Bature Masari, said this on Wednesday in Katsina when he paid a courtesy call on Governor Ibrahim Shema.
He said that the jobs would be created under the National Enterprises Development Programme (NEDEP).
Masari said that SMEDAN would conduct a 'Needs Assessment' in all the 34 Local Government Areas of the state to identify products of comparative advantage that could be developed and processed for sale.
He said that SMEDAN would also partner the state government to establish mini-industrial parks that could accommodate a minimum of 50 Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).
Masari said that another micro-credit system would be established to ease access to finance through collaboration with the Bank of Industry.
He said this would assist to create rural industrialisation, reduce poverty, create jobs and enhance the living conditions of the populace.
According to him, a survey conducted by SMEDAN and Bureau for Statistics in 2010 revealed that only 17.2 million micro, small and medium enterprises existed in the country and provided jobs for 32 million Nigerians.
The governor said that the objectives of SMEDAN were in line with the policy of the current administration in the state.
Shema assured that the state government would provide all the funds for the programmes for the benefit of people of the state.
He said that government would continue to expand its skills acquisition programmes to make unemployed people to be self-reliant.