Ogun Pledges Support for Small Business

The Ogun State government has reiterated its commitment to support small scale businesses, as they contribute significantly to the State’s economy.

The Commissioner for Industry, Trade and Investment, Mrs. Kikelomo Longe made this known while addressing members of the Nigerian Association of Small Scale Industrialists (NASSI), Ogun State Chapter, who paid her a courtesy visit in her Office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, saying government would assist in boosting them through various capacity building programmes, to enhance their entrepreneurial skills required for business growth.

Longe pledged of government’s enabling environment for businesses to thrive, as well as facilitate access to capital through partnership with various organizations, such as the Bank of Industry (BOI) and intervention funds by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and others.

She stated that the Ministry was well positioned to support entrepreneurs in identifying markets, to ensure regular demand and supply of their goods and services, adding that government was already working at ensuring that more individuals and youths utilise the Technology Incubation Centres in the State.

Speaking earlier, the Chairperson, NASSI, Ogun State Chapter, Mrs. Yetunde Doyin-Bello, lauded the Prince Dapo Abiodun-led administration’s efforts at facilitating the Agriculture Small, Medium Enterprises Investment Scheme (AGSMEIS) loan, as some members were already benefitting from the scheme, appealing for assistance for start-ups with single digit interest loans.

Mrs. Doyin-Bello also solicited the support of the Ministry in assisting members get approvals and certifications from regulatory agencies such as, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC).

She noted that the ability of NASSI members to gain access to the Technology Incubation Centers as a group, would enable them share the facility, as well as boost their chances of getting approvals from regulatory bodies.