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NBTI, NASME to deepen synergy on MSMEs training, development

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NBTI, NASME to deepen synergy on MSMEs training, development

By Emmanuella Anokam

The Nigerian Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (NASME) called for deep synergy with the National Council for Technology Incubation (NBTI) on training and development of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME).

The Association also requested the active participation of the NBTI in its commitments, in particular during the next NASME MSME summit, scheduled for December 7-8 in Abuja.

NASME President Dr Abdulrashid Yarima made the appeal Wednesday in Abuja when he led a delegation of NASME officials on a courtesy visit to NBTI Acting Director General Taiwo Somefun.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that NASME aims to promote the empowerment of MSMEs by creating sustainable jobs and economic development in the country.

Yarima, who is also the chairman of the NASME board, said the association intends to partner with NBTI for specific training in NBTI incubation centers at affordable rates.

According to him, the new Board of Governors intends to deepen the cordial relations already established with the Board of Directors.

“Within NASME, we have established NASME Quality Assurance Limited (NQAL) with a professional business development expert, a rich program and experienced facilitators who can train both NASME members and non-members.

“Our plan is to transform the institution into a one-stop solution for all MSME export challenges.

“We can do a lot of things together because some NASME members are currently in your different centers,” he noted.

The NASME President, while appealing for approval of payment of the unpaid dues owed to NASME, asked to host NBTI in their virtual advocacy event on various research work within the organization.

Yarima especially thanked NBTI’s management for their exceptional efforts in continuing to commercialize research and development results that were proactive, focused and specifically necessary for economic development.

Prince Degun Agboade, outgoing president of NASME, said cooperation between NBTI and NASME is essential for the development of the MSME sector.

He asked the board to help him with the facilities as many NASME members lacked the capacity to build manufacturing facilities as required by the National Food Agency, administration and drug control.

NBTI Acting Director General Taiwo Somefun pledged to strengthen the relationship between its board of directors and NASME and urged the new NASME leadership to make concerted efforts towards industrialization.

He revealed that he will start training some entrepreneurs under NASME at his centers, immediately adding that he has an incubation center for skills training in all states.

The Ag DG, while granting approval for the payment of the overdue membership fee due to NASME, also highlighted the need to establish an MSME industrial zone in Abuja to boost production, income base, create jobs and stimulate economic activities.

Source: NAN

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