By Lawrence Audu
The Voice of Nigeria (VON) and the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), have both committed to the empowerment of MSMEs in the country.
This was the crux as the Director General of SMEDAN, Mr. Charles Odii, paid a courtesy visit to the VON Director General Mallam Jibrin Baba Ndace at the Corporate Headquarters in Abuja.
The visit which sparked discussions on strategies to bolster micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) equally centred on aligning their growth with President Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda.
During the meeting, VON’s unique multilingual platforms took center stage as they were showcased as avenues for MSMEs to access global opportunities. The discussions emphasized the potential for leveraging Nigeria and Africa’s rich narratives in eight different languages to form partnerships that drive economic growth. VON’s leadership reiterated their commitment to advancing initiatives that contribute significantly to the nation’s greater good.
Mallam Ndace expressed gratitude for the productive discussion and recognized the vital role MSMEs play in promoting grassroots-level economic prosperity. The commitment to conveying SMEDAN’s impactful work to the public was highlighted as aligning seamlessly with VON’s mission.
Mr. Odii in his remarks underscored the paramount need for awareness, citing statistics that highlight the significant impact of over 40 million active MSMEs, which employ over 96% of the population and contribute 50% to Nigeria’s GDP.
The visit served as a catalyst for VON’s renewed commitment to amplifying MSME empowerment and fostering economic growth at the grassroots level.