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Gov Lalong prioritises MSMEs development

Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong is matching words with action by harnessing potentials in the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises, (MSMMEs) sector for economic growth and empowerment of the people. 

In this vein, Governor Lalong embraced the national MSMEs clinic 2017 programme instituted by the office of the Vice President to boost the nation’s economy.

He spoke at the just concluded Plateau State national MSMEs Clinic 2017 held in Jos the state capital, pointing out that his government has established the Plateau State Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Agency to catered to the needs of small scale enterprises in the state.

The Governor also sign an MoU with the Bank of Industry for a matching fund of N2billion to be access by the indigenous Plateau people in adding value to their local produce in meeting international standard for export to other countries of the world.

The made-in Plateau products recieved different interventions, especially the collaboration entered between the Plateau State government with a German NGO known as “GIZ” to developed and promote made in Plateau products across the globe.

About 910 exhibitors made display of different locally made and finished products at the 2017 national MSMEs Clinic with many displaying their abilities to render different services when called upon by government, companies and individuals.

The sudden turned arround may not be far from the resolutions taken at the 3rd edition of the Plateau State Stakeholders’ Engagement on Taxation and the launching of a new IGR management system  known as “Smart Revenue System” by the State Internal Revenue Service in March, 2017.

The statekeholders engagement harped on the needs to improved the economic profile of the state and taxation through an urgent measures in diversifying the agricultural sector, strengthening of the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises, boosting the tourism sector, solid minerals development, manufacturing, agro processing and export stimulation.

At the moment, the Plateau State Internal Revenue Service (PSIRS) under the leadership of Mr. Dashe Arlat (Chairman of the Board) have introduced a SMART collect tax system an efficient revenue collection measure that have the ability of blocking leakages that have been in existence in the revenue collection system over the years.

Governor Simon Lalong while signing the 2017 appropriation bill of N139 billion with N70 billion for capital and recurrent expenditure bear his candid measures to be taken on civil servants who are bend in cursing government efforts in realising the expected revenue in the state.

“We are begening to receive filers on how some  civil servant(s) are already developing mechanisms of frustrating the process of revenue generation in the state. Let me tell you people, we will not disturb the processes, but if you disturb the process, I will disturb your life. In this period of slow recovery from recession? This days with modern technology I know how much due come from various MDAs on just my smartphone so if is not forthcoming I need no body to tell me that something is wrong somewhere,” he so stand.

Prof. Osinbajo at the 2017 national MSME Clinic held at the Polo field in Jos said, “Today we brought together all agencies involve in doing businesses within the country and even going out of the country as well, interact with them to grow your businesses very easy and affordable.

“The Federal government is commited in ensuring that the labour of Nigerians becomes more productive and some states of the federation are already benefiting from the nationwide MSMEs clinic programme.”

The Vice President also disclosed that, “In Nigeria today, Visa are issued to people upon arrival at the airport, companies registration have been made easier both at the CAC offices and online. The delayed often faced in clearing imported goods by various government agencies have been centralised, now all agencies involved come together in one place and inspect imported goods into the country.

“What we are doing today in Jos is part of measures in easing ways of doing businesses across the country for both local and foreign investors to strife, so men and women must take advantage of this initiatives”

The Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment Hajiya Aisha Abubakar adding her voice on the programme said the idea of national micro small medium enterprises clinic will gave the federal government the oppotunity of seeing how hardworking Nigerian men and women have been doing to grow the nation’s economy which deserved the support of the federal government

The planning committee Chairman of the Plateau State 2017 national MSMEs Clinic, Mr. Ezikiel Gomos said small scale businesses are the engine room of every economy in the world, “This is the day for the MSMEs on the Plateau, government want to ensure that citizens are told how various agencies can take part in the growth of their various businesses for the economic growth of evey individual for the development of the Country in general.”

Among the various government agencies present at the Plateau State 2017 national MSMEs Clinic rendering one service or the other to the MSMEs community were,  the Bank of Industry, Corporate Affairs Commission, NAFDAC, SON, NEXIM Bank, FIRS, BOA, NITDA, NEPC, SMEDAN, NIPC, Custom and NIRSAL and is said to be a continuous exercise across regions and States of the federation including FCT.

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