“As the made-in-Aba fair in Abuja has settled in its format so has it evidently grown in structure. It has not only become the flagship trade facilitation project of our annual zonal intervention program, in partnership with the National Assembly, it has notably also become an important fixture in the Federal capital’s annual business promotion calendar “. This was made known by the Director of Small medium enterprises development agency of Nigeria ( SMEDAN ) Dr Dikko Umar Radda at the opening ceremony of the 4th made-in-Aba trade fair which was held at the Art & Craft village Abuja on Monday 6th of March 2017.
He further added “As you are no doubt aware, micro small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are globally recognised as the engines of economic growth they also represent a vital platform for nurturing local entrepreneurial capabilities , technical skills, technological innovativeness and managerial competencies, even as MSMES constitute primary source of new jobs in the economy as well as play a critical role as safety net for the bulk of the population”.
Dr Dikko Umar Radda salute the courage and efforts of the distinguished Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, chairman, committee on power, steel development and metallurgy; ex Abia State deputy Governor; where he acknowledged him as “worthy icon of MSMEs development”.
SMEDAN/ MBS survey, 2014, estimated a total of 37million MSMEs. This contributes total employment of 59.7milliom persons or 84.0% of Nigerian labour force, 48.5% to nominal gross domestic product (GDP) and 7.3% to export respectively.
He finally closed the speech by assuring the general public that adequate arrangements have been made to guarantee their safety during the entire duration of the fair even as products variety have been emphasised to their satisfaction.
He guaranteed that SMEDAN will again put at the disposal of operators and visitors the services of its business clinic, at the fair ground.
By Babangida Fahad From Arts and cultural village Abuja. 06.03.2017