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.


Senate Wants Executive’s Roadmap On Strategy To Tackle Unemployment

Senate on unemploymentThe Nigerian Senate has resolved to invite the Minister for Labour and Productivity, Dr. Chris Ngige, to provide insight into the government’s roadmap towards tackling unemployment in Nigeria.

The decision was reached on Tuesday when  a motion on the rising unemployment in Nigeria was raised during plenary.

In what lawmakers called, Intolerable Upswing of Unemployment in Nigeria, the motion raised by Senator Duro Faseyi, representing Ekiti North, drew comments from different lawmakers.

Senator Faseyi raised the alarm that the number of unemployed and underemployed rose from 24.4 million to 26.06 million in the second quarter of 2016.

Colossal Increase In Insecurity

Senator Faseyi says the worrisome and mind-boggling figures has created social tension and crisis, as unemployed graduates now involve in crimes.

He further cautioned that if urgent and results-oriented steps were not taken, there would be resultant colossal increase in strife and insecurity.

Senator Sabu Abdullahi in support of the motion lamented the poor financial backing to budgetary allocations of agencies such as National Directorate of Employment and Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria.

Senator Abdullahi added that the agencies were meant to help train graduates and facilitate employment opportunities.

Senator Emmanuel Bwacha told the Senate that the processes adopted for employment generation by the government were not the very best while Senators Joshua Lidani and Enyinnaya Abaribe also contributed to the issue.

Deputy Leader of the Senate Na’Allah spoke on the poor productivity of the employed ones while many unemployed graduates look for such opportunities.

Contributing to the motion, Senator Rose Oko, stressed the need to encourage agricultural and manufacturing industries.

The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, said it was time to declare a State of Emergency on Unemployment, improve infrastructural development, take and address unemployment statistics and look at giving unemployment benefits to unemployed Nigerians.

After deliberations, the Senate then urged the executives to declare a State of Emergency on Unemployment, as a process of confronting the challenge frontally and radically.

The lawmakers also directed Ministries Department and Agencies, especially Security Parastatals, to enlist more youths towards enhancing security and to ease unemployment.

They further resolved to have a retreat on ways to ensure proper employment for Nigerian Youths and urged the executives to explore the Graduate Scheme of the IITA to ensure involvement and employment of youths.