FG Launches MSME Facilities in Ibadan

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By Modupe Gbadeyanka

The federal government on Saturday commissioned the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises Clinics (MSME) shared facilities for Fashion, Style and Shea Butter production in Ibadan, Oyo State.

The inauguration ceremony was conducted by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, at the Scout Camp Neighbourhood Market, Molete Ibadan.

Oyo State Commissioner for Trade, Investment and Cooperatives, Mrs Taibat Adeyemi-Agaba, explained that shared facilities scheme is a fallout of the activities of the National MSME Clinics which was introduced to help improve engagements between government and MSMEs in the country.

The Commissioner said that the Ibadan Shared Facilities was the first to be established in the country, saying that the MSME Shared Facilities Scheme will be a Core Strategic Scheme of the ongoing National MSME Clinics under the guidance of the Vice President.

She said that the scheme was in response to the need to provide adequate workspace for vulnerable MSMEs doing business in Nigerian and it would be in collaboration with interested state governments and critical stakeholders, adding that the scheme would identify key clusters across the country capable of stimulating sustainable economic growth and development.

Mrs Adeyemi-Agaba explained that the Scheme will adopt a Public Private Partnership (PPP) model for implementation and to guarantee sustainable by drawing support from the organized private sector, federal and state governments, stressing that scheme will provide opportunity for small businesses to use the state of the art equipment at a token for their production processes and value addition.

She said that the partnership structure will provide for the state governments to provide locations with adequate facilities, the federal government through select federal government agencies, and with support from the organized private sector (OPS) will provide all required equipment and machinery, the private sector will provide eligible facility management services to guarantee efficiency and sustainability of the scheme, stating that It is expected that after 5 years of private sector management, full ownership of the facility will revert to the relevant state government.

The Commissioner noted that “the intention is to ensure that products manufactured at designated facilities are easily taken to market, and that they meet local and international standards and best practices. In addition, the intention is also to ensure that relevant regulatory authorities such as NAFDAC and SON provide required certifications for all facilities while other key government Institutions are on hand to provide necessary support for MSMEs.

“The scheme is expected to guarantee Improved quality and productivity level, improve the contribution of the MSME space to GDP, improve income levels and export receipts and to enable government provide direct technical support to boost the MSMEs space in the country,” Mrs Adeyemi-Agaba noted.

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