Ekiti hosts The Nation’s forum on MSMEs
WHAT role for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the battle against unemployment? This, among other critical development issues, will be tackled today and tomorrow in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital where the Southwest Regional Integration Forum on the promotion of MSMEs is taking place.
The theme of the forum is: “MSMEs as solutions to unemployment and economic under-development.”
The programme holds at the Archbishop Abiodun Adetiloye Hall. It will feature a seminar on MSMEs, exhibition of MSMEs products, Information Technology (IT) products, artisanship and locally-manufactured equipment by local entrepreneurs.
This is the third edition of the programme, which is organised by Vintage Press Ltd., publishers of The Nation, in collaboration with CEEDEE Resources.
A book: “Regional integration as strategy for national development”, a collation of speeches at earlier editions, would be presented to the public at the opening ceremony.
The founder of the Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD), Aare Afe Babalola (SAN), will chair the opening ceremony.
Special guests include Governors Rochas Okorocha (Imo), Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers), Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara), Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano) and Adams Oshiomhole (Edo). Southwest governors are expected at the forum.
The maiden edition was a legislative summit held in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, in February, 2012. The second edition was a grassroots business expo hosted by Osun State in Osogbo, last year.
The Nation’s General Manager (Corporate Services), Mr. Soji Omotunde, in a statement, said the programme is to promote regional integration and national development through the promotion of MSMEs.
He said: “It is also aimed at attracting substantial Internally-Generated Revenue (IGR) and addressing unemployment. It will provide an avenue to look beyond white collar jobs.”
Omotunde said the forum would discuss MSMEs opportunities and products in the Southwest; provide a platform for inter-regional MSMEs opportunities and products; promote MSMEs as tools for economic development and guide youths on how to become entrepreneurs.