Osinbajo To Launch MSME Clinic In Kwara

MSME Clinic, Yemi Osinbajo, KwaraActing President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, is set to launch a three-day Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) clinic on Thursday, February 23 for viable enterprises in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.

Recall that Acting President Osinbajo commissioned the Aba MSME clinic on January 26.

Aba is the commercial hub of Abia State in southeast Nigeria.

The Chief Operating Officer of the Kwara State MSME Bureau, Mr Segun Soewu, who made the disclosure in a statement on Monday, informed that the event would hold at the Banquet Hall, Ilorin by 10:00AM daily.

He described the clinic as an opportunity for MSME operators in the state to discuss the opportunities and challenges confronting their businesses.

The MSME Bureau boss added that business owners can also make inquiries about policies and regulations regarding their businesses from the Federal agencies that would be present at the programme.

He listed the agencies to include the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS), Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission, Nigeria Export Promotion Council, Nigerian Export-Import Bank and National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

Others are Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Bank of Agriculture, Bank of Industry, Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi (FIIRO), Projects Development Institute, Raw Materials Research and Development Council, and the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure.

Mr Soewu asked intending participants to contact the office of the Chief Operating Officer of the Kwara State MSME Bureau at the Ministry of Commerce and Cooperatives, Gambari Road in Ilorin.


President Sacks NIPC Boss, Appoints Hassan-Baba As Replacement

Mrs. Uju Aisha Hassan-Baba

President Goodluck Jonathan has relieved the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC) Mrs Saratu Umar, of her duties.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, made this known in a statement on Monday.

In her stead, President Jonathan has appointed Mrs. Uju Aisha Hassan-Baba, as the new Executive Secretary/Chief Executive of the Commission.

Mrs. Hassan-Baba takes over from Mrs. Saratu Altine Umar as the Executive Secretary/Chief Executive of NIPC with immediate effect.

Other changes effected by the President includes the renewal of the appointments of Ladi Katagum and Reuben Kifasi as Directors of the NIPC for another four years, also starting immediately.

The new Executive Secretary/Chief Executive had served previously as Director-General, Legal Aid Council of Nigeria, Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice in Anambra State and Director, Legal Services, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment.

Mrs Baba headed the panel that reviewed the pioneer status scheme of the NIPC.

President Jonathan thanked the out-going Executive Secretary/Chief Executive for her services and wished her well in her future endeavours.

No reasons were provided for the removal of Mrs. Umar.