Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria, SMEDAN, started formal implementation of One local government one product scheme through the National Enterprise Development Program, NEPEP, aimed at generating about 3.5 million jobs and an estimated 5.0 million direct and indirect jobs between 2013 and 2015 across the Country.
This was made known by the SMEDAN Director General Alh. Bature Umar Masari while presenting an address at the flag -off of the capacity building training program for 7,000 graduates in Agribusiness enterprise in Zamfara State held at Karma Hotel conference Hall in Gusau the State Capital Yesterday.
Masari who was represented by the SMEDAN Director strategic partnership and liaison Dr. Friday Okpara said, the new OLOP program focused on Skills acquisition, entrepreneur ship Training, Business Development Service, BDS as well as easy access to finance.
The SMEDAN Boss further stated that, the Entrepreneur ship Training Component of NEDAP is being executed under the One Local Government One Product, OLOP platform.
He said, the OLOP program is predicted on a comprehensive need assessment of products with competitive and comparative advantages along value chain in each of the 774 local government areas across the country.
Masari explained that, SMEDAN as an Agency charged with the responsibility of developing Enterprises in the Country, saying, the Agency is poised towards converting every interested Nigerian into a successful entrepreneur.
He said, SMEDAN exists to prepare and equip the Nigeria Youth to meet the challenges and complex demands associated with the global dynamics and business environments, stressing that, the significant way of achieving the challenge is through deepening and broadening the Nigeria Entrepreneurship landscape.
He added that, it will in turn trigger the stimulation and facilitation of the development of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises in Nigeria respectively.
Bature Masari stressed that, the SMEDAN in collaboration with National Bureau of Statistics had conducted the National MSMEs survey which indicated that, number of MSMEs reached 37.1 million, Gross Domestic Product, 48.47 percent, employment 59.7 million and contribution to Export is 7.27 percent while Zamfara State has about 385.995 of MSMEs in 2010 as against 722.953 in 2013 as revealed in the survey respectively.
He pledged that, SMEDAN will continue to support Zamfara State government towards reducing Youth unemployment and poverty through entrepreneurship and enterprise development, while calling on the agribusiness trainees to dedicate their concern of what they have learned in order to attain the desired objectives.

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