Abuja -The Bauchi State Government said on
Thursday that it would inaugurate its Micro, Small and Medium
Enterprises (MSME) Council to boost the sub sector of the economy.
The state Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Hajiya Amina
Katagum, said this during a courtesy visit to the Director General,
Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN),
Alhaji Bature Masari, in Abuja.
This is contained in a statement issued in Abuja by the Assistant Chief Information Officer, SMEDAN, Mr Ibrahim Mohammed.
In the statement, Katagum said the inauguration of the council was in
line with the Federal Government’s drive towards exploring MSMEs for
"The state already has its local committee on MSMEs, whose
membership cuts across the 20 local governments areas of the state and
some stakeholders," she said.
Katagum thanked Masari for the support received by the government from the agency.
She said that the state would key into SMEDAN’s One-Local
Government-One Product (OLOP) programme, to explore the economic
potential of every council in the country.
She said that Bauchi-North was rich in bee-farming and solicited the agency’s support to leverage on the comparative advantage.
She said Gov. Isa Yaguda had approved the renovation of the
Industrial Development Centre (IDC) in Bauchi, to boost the MSME sector
in the state.
She called on the director-general to assist the state in utilising the centre for the benefit of small entrepreneurs.
Masari expressed pleasure that the state government planned to upgrade the IDC located in the state.
He said the Federal Government planned to rehabilitate all the 23
IDCs in the country “so that by the end of 2014 all of them would be
Masari pledged the agency’s support in boosting small enterprises in the state, especially bee-farming.