Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) have the capacity to engage large number of youths positively, thereby addressing the problem of unemployment in the country.
Special Adviser to Ogun State Governor on Trade and Investment, Mrs. Hafsat Abiola-Costello, made the assertion at the graduation ceremony of SME Business Training and Coaching Loop, organized by a German organization, GIZ, for entrepreneurs in Ogun State.
Abiola-Costello noted that, great countries paid attention to the MSMEs, by providing enabling environment for businesses to thrive, hence, the Senator Ibikunle Amosun-led administration’s bi-lateral cooperation with GIZ, to improve the sector in Ogun State.
“If we don’t grow our economy, Nigerian youth will not have a future. We need real entrepreneurs like you here, to develop the economy and build the Nigeria that our children can be proud of,’’ she said.
Appreciating GIZ for the programme, the Special Adviser challenged the 70 granduands to work harder, to better the State economy, by putting into practice, all they had learnt during the training.
In his welcome address, the Value Chain Development Team Leader of GIZ, Mr. Christoph Pannhausen, stated that the SME Biz Training and Coaching Loop was unique, as it offered a combination of assets that would lead to fast and visible results, for the benefit of the entrepreneurs and the society at large.
Delivering goodwill messages, a Director from the Ministry of Community Development and Cooperatives, Alhaji Mojeed Sorinola and the Executive Secretary, Technical and Vocational Education Training Board, Mr. Abiodun Aina, charged the granduands on integrity, innovation and the need to replicate the training in their immediate localities.
Responding on behalf of the granduands, Taiwo Sorunke, appreciated the State Government and GIZ for the opportunity to learn, saying the skills gained during the training had improved their businesses turnover.