Benue state Governor, Samuel Ortom today at Government House Makurdi inaugurated 14-member State Council on the implementation of the national Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, MSMEs.
The Governor said the Council was put in place to build and harness the state’s economy.
He disclosed that his administration had earlier inaugurated the State Council on commercialization and privatization to reposition public-owned enterprises in the state but it became moribund for years. He said the recommendations of the Council were being considered by the government for implementation.
Governor Ortom further stated that his administration had already begun the process of setting up a state Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency approved by the State Executive Council pending a legislation from the State House of Assembly.
According to the governor, the roles of the State MSME Implementation Council include provision of guidance on policies and strategies to drive the development of MSMEs subsector, fostering increased awareness, ensuring that national policy on MSMEs accomplishes
the targeted goals inter alia.
In his remark, Director General, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria, SMEDAN, Dr. Dikko Umaru said Benue was one of the few states to have inaugurated the council. He emphasized that the agency under his leadership would support any efforts that could harness MSMEs development in Benue state.
Commissioner for Industry, Trade and Investment, Barrister Merga Kachina who doubled as the Chairman of the council conveyed members’ determination to deliver on their mandate in order to justify the confidence reposed in them by Governor Ortom.
Highlights of the occasion was the decoration of the SMEDAN DG in Benue traditional attire with its colours drawn from the three cultural dresses of the major tribes in Benue: Tiv, Idoma and Igede.