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We’ll protect our SMEs at all costs – VP Shettima

Vice President Kashim Shettima has said the federal government under President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s leadership will be relentless in its determination to protect businesses in…

Vice President Kashim Shettima has said the federal government under President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s leadership will be relentless in its determination to protect businesses in the country.

The VP stated this on Wednesday while commissioning the corporate headquarters of the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), according to a statement by Stanley Nkwocha, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Communications and Strategy (Office of the Vice President).

Shettima said, “Allow me to emphasise the importance of this moment: there is no more fitting time than now to reinforce the protection of enterprises in Nigeria. These enterprises not only stand as the very bedrock of our society but also reflect the direction the government is headed and the velocity with which we do so.

“This moment solidifies His Excellency, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s assurance to protect our enterprises. It resonates deeply within our economic revitalisation plan. His focus on job creation, capital accessibility, economic growth, and poverty eradication forms the very skeleton of our strategy to invigorate the economy. Inevitably, this path demands tough decisions, yet ones essential to our success.”

Earlier in her remarks, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr Uzoka-Anite, said the completion and commissioning of the new SMEDAN complex is a clear demonstration of the commitment of the Tinubu administration to the development of the MSME space.

On his part, the Director General of SMEDAN, Mr Charles Odii, thanked the vice president for his support and guidance in the actualisation of the project and leadership in the MSME space.

He said the agency and the entire MSME community in Nigeria have recorded significant achievements within a short period of time under the leadership of the VP.

 

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