By Emmanuella Anokam
The Nigerian Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (NASME) has called for a deepened synergy with National Board for Technology Incubation (NBTI) on training and development of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).
The Association also sought for active participation of the NBTI on its engagements especially in the forthcoming NASME MSMEs Summit, scheduled to hold from Dec. 7, to Dec. 8, in Abuja.
Dr Abdulrashid Yarima, NASME President, made the call on Wednesday in Abuja when he led a delegation of NASME Officials on a courtesy visit to the Acting Director-General of NBTI, Mr Taiwo Somefun.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that NASME aims at promoting the empowerment of MSMEs by means of achieving sustainable employment generation and economic development in the country.
Yarima, who is also the Chairman of NASME Governing Council, stated that the association intended to partner NBTI on specific training at NBTI’s Incubation Centres at affordable rates.
According to him, the new Governing Council intends to deepen the already established cordial relationship with the board.
“In NASME, we have established the NASME Quality Assurance Limited (NQALs) with professional business development expert, rich curriculum and experience facilitators that can train both NASME members and non-members.
“Our plan is to transform the institution as the one-stop solution for all MSMEs export challenges.
“We can do a lot together as some of NASME members are currently in your various centres,” he noted.
The NASME President, while appealing for the approval of payment of outstanding subscription owed to NASME, requested to host NBTI in its virtual advocacy event on various research works in the organisation.
Yarima specially thanked the NBTI management for its outstanding efforts in pursuit of the commercialisation of research development results that were proactive, target driven and specifically needed for economic development.
Prince Degun Agboade, immediate past President of NASME, said cooperation between NBTI and NASME was key to development of MSMEs sector.
He appealed for the board to assist it on facility because many of the NASME members did not have capacity to build manufacturing facility as required by National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control.
The Acting Director-General of NBTI, Mr Taiwo Somefun pledged commitment to strengthen relationship between its board and NASME and urged the new NASME executives to make concerted efforts toward industrialisation.
He disclosed that it would start training some entrepreneurs under NASME in its centres immediately adding that it had incubation centre for skills acquisition in all the states.
The Ag D-G, while granting approval for payment of outstanding subscription owed NASME, also emphasised the need to establish an MSMEs Industrial Estate in Abuja to boost production, revenue base, create employment and spur economic activities. (NAN)