Osinbajo Lauds NITDA’s Contribution to MSMEs Clinic
TECHDIGEST – Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has commended the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) for relentlessly supporting Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) across the country.
The VP made this commendation in his speech to the participants and exhibitors at the 30th edition of the MSMEs Clinic held in Maiduguri, Borno State.
Osinbajo echoed that the MSMEs Clinic served as the bridge between the Federal, State governments, and small businesses in every state by bringing all relevant regulatory agencies together in one place to help the small businesses to solve their problems.
The VP said, “The idea is similar to providing an opportunity for patients to consult doctors of mobile clinics. The aim of the MSMEs Clinic is to establish one-stop shops. All facilities are provided for small businesses to benefit from the services, with working synergy of regulatory agency which will be more readily accessible and cost-beneficial’’.
He assured participants of the federal government’s full support for the cost of the shared facilities or shop facilities with the latest equipment to relieve the financial burden for the overall benefit of youth and women.
The VP urged the MSMEs to utilise the matching order of the FG to tap into this great opportunity with relevant government agencies like NITDA, which supports MSMEs from scratch.
Earlier, the Minister of State for Trade and Investment, Ambassador Maryam Katagum, outlined the support of NITDA in small businesses by creating opportunities for them to thrive.
Katagum said: “This is imperative for increasing productivity, creating jobs, and boosting our economy. Since its inception in 2017, the MSMEs Clinic has served as an effective platform to enable government interaction with stakeholders across all sectors to ensure that all MSMEs have the supports they need to grow and flourish.
According to her, “the 30th edition was intended to provide MSMEs with critical information, regulation and additional assistance, avail businesses with immediate expert advice, as well as offer more in-depth advisory services.”
On its part, NITDA promised to continue its nationwide support to MSMEs for economic impact and growth that will help businesses to adopt digital innovation.