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SMEDAN supports 60 BMOs, NGOs with N500,000 grants in Kaduna



 The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency (SMEDAN) on Tuesday in Kaduna supported 60 Business Membership Organisations (BMOs) and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) with N500,000 grants each.

The Director-General (DG) of SMEDAN, Dr. Dikko Radda, said the grant was to support the growth of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) through  BMOs, NGOs and trade associations by strengthening their capacities.

The DG, represented by SMEDAN North West Zonal Coordinator, Alhaji Ahmed Madaki, explained that strengthening the capacities of MSMEs in different sectors of the economy through the BMOs and NGOs would reduce business mortality, improve living standards and reduce poverty.

The DG noted that in recent past, over 60 BMOs, NGOs and trade associations with about 600 members had benefited from the programme, which had the objective to enhance their governance structure and general financial management.

“It is also aimed at financial independence of the BMOs and NGOs, with strong resource base for sustainability and effective succession plan.

“The agency is injecting innovative ideas to transform the MSMEs through tailored made programmes designed to combat the alarming rate of unemployment among Nigerians and deal with the negative effects of COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.

Earlier, the Manager, Kaduna Office of SMEDAN, Alhaji Badamasi Barau, said growth and grant strategy being one of the policies of the agency served as multiplier means to people and organizations with larger numbers of membership.

“Calling on them to come and we develop their capacities and also give them grants for their businesses is one of our commitments.

“The grants for NGOs who are non-profit making organizations, will enable them make peoples businesses better”, he said.

One of the BMOs and a beneficiary of the grant, Aminu Lere, who represented the Kaduna Chambers of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture, said the grants would be shared judiciously among the selected MSMEs under their chamber.

“We will share the money to the MSMEs who we know need the grants more, even though some of them are not here at the capacity building, we will go back to the chamber and do the needful.

“As a chamber, we follow up and see progress made by the MSMEs under us, we have a membership of over 1000 businesses, the grant is a step forward in addressing some of the challenges faced by MSMEs, “Lere said

Also, Hajiya Kaltume Kabir, representative of an NGO, Annihilation Poverty for Women and Children Foundation, said the grant would go a long way in assisting their programmes.

“Initially, we funded our programmes with our personal incomes, this grant will enable us enhance the business prospects of the category of business owners we will reach out to,” she said.

It will be recalled that, reports that first phase of the programme took place in Lagos State on Sept. 28 and 30

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NPoA Implementation; AUDA-NEPAD Boss assured Stakeholders participation



By Joel Ajayi
The National Coordinator and Chief Executive Officer AUDA-NEPAD Nigeria, Princess Gloria Akobundu fsi has assured Stakeholders at the 5 day Capacity building workshop on harmonization and finalization, monitoring and evaluation framework for the implementation of second National Programme of Action (NPoA) of their active participation in the implementation of the NPoA.

Akobundu gave the assurance in her closing remark at the end of the 5 Day workshop held in Abuja.

Akobundu described the NPoA as a National document and express satisfaction at the level of enthusiasm expressed by participants at the workshop. 
She expressed optimism that the NPoA will stand the test of time having spent 5 days fine-tuning and improving the document for smooth implementation.
Akobundu thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for his unalloyed support. She equally thanked the Secretary to Government of the Federation and APRM Focal Person, Barr Boss Mustapha and all participants who have contributed to the success of the process.
On his part, the Continental CEO of Africa Peer Review Mechanism, Prof Eddy Maloka represented by Jean Yves Adou said the continental body is pleased with Nigeria on the way it has conducted it’s Review activities and also the workshop since it started five day ago.
He said with Nigeria been the first to be reviewed in West Africa and the Fourth in the Continent, Nigeria has once more played it’s leadership role in moving the African continent forward.
The Continental CEO appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari and Princess Gloria Akobundu fsi for thier giant stride in ensuring that Nigeria is reviewed for the second time and he urged participants and Nigerians to take ownership of the NPoA for a greater result.
The 5 day workshop which had in attendance participants drawn from the 36 states of the Federation and FCT as well as people from MDAs, Corporate Organization, Civil Society Organization and the Organized Private Sectors. 
The workshop also gave opportunity to representatives of Ghana, Egypt, Uganda and Kenya to share their experiences with participants as members of the National Governing Council Members, Technical Research Institutes and the academia were all present.

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