MSME Clinics Will Open Up Small Businesses in Kogi – VP Aide

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By Stephen Adeleye.
Mr Tola Johnson, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Clinics, says the programme will create and open up small businesses for Kogi people.
Johnson told journalists at the launching of MSME clinic for viable enterprises in Lokoja on Monday, that the clinic targeted at the downtrodden would give opportunity to the micro and small businesses.
He said this can also help to be transformed into medium enterprises.
According to Johnson, the clinic will also enable the people of Kogi easy access to various long-term loans and intervention programmes through the Federal Government parastatals such as: BOI, CBN, BOA, among others.
“The vice president is coming on Tuesday to see what Kogi is having on ground and its unique SIP structure; and to launch the MSME clinic for the people to benefits from the intervention programme,’’ Johnson said.
Mr Afolabi Imoukhuede, the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to President Muhammadu Buhari, on Job Creation and Youth Empowerment, said the MSME clinic was being ran in such a way that it would be sustainable.
“The programme is operated through constituted government institutions irrespective of political dispensation, which is the reason why the state governments are key partners.’’
Mr Adoga Ibrahim, SA to Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi on Multilateral Donor Agencies and Special Projects/Focal Person on Social Investment Programme, said MSME Clinic was designed to give hope to the hopeless people of Kogi.
Ibrahim added that the programme would impact positively on the lives of millions of Kogi people, and also serve as delivery tool for the development of small and medium enterprises across the state.
“Kogi Social Investment Programme (SIP) has put together professionals, consultants and technological solutions to drive the process.
“We appreciate our Governor, Alh. Yahaya Bello, who has fully supported the SIP with well-equipped and digitalised office structure; one of the best in the country,’’ Ibrahim said.
Ibrahim therefore called for the support and intervention of BOI, BOA, CBN, SMEDAN, NEXIM, NEPC, ITF, and other critical stakeholders to help Kogi MSME sector to be active and economy self-sustaining.
Also speaking, Mrs Bimbo Soyode, one of the representatives of Bank of Industry (BOI), said that the bank would be disbursing N50, 000 loans each to over 1000 beneficiaries between Monday and Tuesday.
She added that the bank had so far disbursed N50, 000 each to over 4, 500 GEEP beneficiaries in Kogi since inception of the programme for market women, trade men, artisans among others.

One of the beneficiaries, Mr Bamidele Babatunde from Ajaokuta Local Government, commended the Federal and the State Governments for the gesture, saying the SIP has really empowered the most tremendously.

(NAN)

Mr Tola Johnson, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Clinics, says the programme will create and open up small businesses for Kogi people.
Johnson told journalists at the launching of MSME clinic for viable enterprises in Lokoja on Monday, that the clinic targeted at the downtrodden would give opportunity to the micro and small businesses.
He said this can also help to be transformed into medium enterprises.
According to Johnson, the clinic will also enable the people of Kogi easy access to various long-term loans and intervention programmes through the Federal Government parastatals such as: BOI, CBN, BOA, among others.
“The vice president is coming on Tuesday to see what Kogi is having on ground and its unique SIP structure; and to launch the MSME clinic for the people to benefits from the intervention programme,’’ Johnson said.
Mr Afolabi Imoukhuede, the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to President Muhammadu Buhari, on Job Creation and Youth Empowerment, said the MSME clinic was being ran in such a way that it would be sustainable.
“The programme is operated through constituted government institutions irrespective of political dispensation, which is the reason why the state governments are key partners.’’
Mr Adoga Ibrahim, SA to Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi on Multilateral Donor Agencies and Special Projects/Focal Person on Social Investment Programme, said MSME Clinic was designed to give hope to the hopeless people of Kogi.
Ibrahim added that the programme would impact positively on the lives of millions of Kogi people, and also serve as delivery tool for the development of small and medium enterprises across the state.
“Kogi Social Investment Programme (SIP) has put together professionals, consultants and technological solutions to drive the process.
“We appreciate our Governor, Alh. Yahaya Bello, who has fully supported the SIP with well-equipped and digitalised office structure; one of the best in the country,’’ Ibrahim said.
Ibrahim therefore called for the support and intervention of BOI, BOA, CBN, SMEDAN, NEXIM, NEPC, ITF, and other critical stakeholders to help Kogi MSME sector to be active and economy self-sustaining.
Also speaking, Mrs Bimbo Soyode, one of the representatives of Bank of Industry (BOI), said that the bank would be disbursing N50, 000 loans each to over 1000 beneficiaries between Monday and Tuesday.
She added that the bank had so far disbursed N50, 000 each to over 4, 500 GEEP beneficiaries in Kogi since inception of the programme for market women, trade men, artisans among others.

One of the beneficiaries, Mr Bamidele Babatunde from Ajaokuta Local Government, commended the Federal and the State Governments for the gesture, saying the SIP has really empowered the most tremendously.

(NAN)




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