The Federal Government has expressed its determination to address the challenges of unemployment through development of a sustainable Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).
The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Olusegun Aganga, stated this in Abeokuta during a validation workshop on the Revised Policy on MSMEs in Ogun.
A statement issued on Friday in Abuja by the ministry Assistant Chief Information Officer, Ibrahim Mohammed, quoted Aganga as saying that the government created 32 million indirect jobs through the 17.2 million MSMEs in 2012 alone.
The minister said the government had concluded plans to create five million jobs by 2015 through the expansion of the MSMEs.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that he promised to forward a proposal to the Federal Executive Council on the need to ensure production of school uniforms from made-in-Nigeria fabrics to encourage enterprises development.
For instance, he said “There is no reason why school uniforms cannot be made even from adire textiles”.
Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, acknowledged the support and cooperation the administration had received from SMEDAN.
He said the government would continue to assist genuine entrepreneurs in the “areas of provision of infrastructural facilities and financial assistance.”