SMEDAN unveils portal to enhance MSME sector

The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) has evolved a portal that would upgrade and connect the business activities of the MSMEs to the global market.

This was disclosed on Tuesday in Lagos at the unveiling of the, an online advertising platform for certified artisans in the country.

The Director-General, Dr Umaru Dikko, represented by Mr Yinka Fisher, Lagos State Coordinator, SMEDAN, said that the project was done in collaboration with Global Sight Services Ltd.

Dikko said that the portal would connect artisans to more clients, create jobs, improve proficiency through capacity building and assist to eradicate quackery among artisans.

He said that professionals in skills like mechanics, welders, barbers and others, were eligible to register on the platform that would cut across all states of the federation.

Dikko said that Lagos artisans were used for the pilot scheme of the project that would have millions of artisans registered on the platform in the next two years.

Mrs Olayinka Oladunjoye, Lagos State Commissioner for Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives, said that Lagos State recognised the massive contribution of the MSME sector to economic development.

Oladunjoye, represented by Mrs Helen Adesina, Deputy Director in the Ministry, said that government would spare no costs in engendering the sector’s market visibility through online and traditional business promotion channels.

She commended the introduction of the portal as a new channel of exposing and connecting MSMEs with their counterparts and customers in the global market space.

Mr Dayo Bello, Managing Director, Global Sight Services Ltd, said that the platform would advance the impact of artisans on the nation’s socio-economic development.

He said that the portal would reduce crime rate by ensuring that only accredited artisans serviced clients, thereby reducing rate of robbery attacks on clients at home and on the road.

Also speaking, Alhaji Nurudeen Buhari, Chairman, Lagos State Council of Tradesmen and Artisans (LASCOTA), said that the platform would enhance service delivery and reduce the concern of foreigners hindering local artisans from servicing clients.

Source: Voice of Nigeria