Thursday, August 19, 2021


By Ismail Oladipupo and
Wale Osunbiyi

The Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Ogun State are to enjoy more facilities with respect to accessing credit loan and other logistics, through a research-driven approach that would enhance their operations.
Commissioner for Industry, Trade and Investment, Mrs. Kikelomo Longe made this known in Abeokuta, during a meeting with the German Cooperation, Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), and other relevant stakeholders. 

 Longe affirmed that the government had also re-energised the Ogun State Agricultural and Multipurpose Credit Agency (OSAMCA) to give loans, just as it is ensuring that the Bank of Industry revolving loans are available for entrepreneurs at a subsidised rate of seven percent.

 In addition, she revealed that the government is partnering with the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) and that efforts are in top gear to establish Economic Development Clusters and the development of Agro cargo airport all in the bid to better the lot of MSMEs in the State. 

 The Commissioner disclosed that the Prince Dapo Abiodun-led administration is synergising with GIZ to develop a more deliberate approach to enable MSMEs grow optimally, adding that the government would validate the results gathered in the course of the research.

 "This gathering is a follow-up to validate the results gathered in the course of the research. I wish to commend and congratulate the organisers towards the success of today's convergence", she said.

 Also speaking, the Chairman, OSAMCA, Hon. Abayomi Hunye lauded GIZ for promoting the provision of credit facilities to entrepreneurs in the State, stressing that his Agency had been contributing to the growth of MSMEs through provision of credit facilities to applicants at favourable terms. 

Earlier, the Head of Components Policy and Strategy, GIZ-SEDIN, Mr. Akin Omoware said the Cooperation had been creating an enabling environment for entrepreneurial development, noting that the government needs to continue to prioritise MSMEs to enable the country to overcome its present challenges. 

 Omoware lauded the State for the level of growth of MSMEs, saying that the programme would enable GIZ validate its report, which would in turn bring about a more improved MSMEs sub-sector. Press Officer, Ministry of Industry, Fadairo explained that Ogun State has a target of 54,000 women in the three designated Local Government Areas, which are; Odeda, Yewa North and Ijebu North-East.

 In a related development, the Chairperson, NFWP State Technical Committee (STC), Mrs. Melutia Ogunremi has commended the World Bank for the initiative and encouraged the women not to relent in adhering to the key principles of the project. Ogunremi who is the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development threw the challenge during a visit to the Groups at their various centers in Odeda and Ijebu-Ode, assured them of the readiness of her Ministry to render necessary help.

 Responding on behalf of the Groups visited, Mrs. Akogu Oluga and Mrs. Modinat Amusan attested to the success of the programme in the State as a veritable means to improve the wellbeing of the women folks, lauding the government and World Bank for the initiative.

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