NIRSAL, SMEDAN pledge assistance for SMEs, agriculture, others
Ekiti State Governor, Biodun Oyebanji, has begun talks with Federal Government agencies and development partners in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, to assist the state to boost its economy.
Oyebanji, who yesterday met with top officials of NIRSAL MFB and Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), said he was in Abuja to personally lead the talks with heads of the Federal MDAs, international development agencies and some private sector players on areas of support and collaboration with his administration.
The support, he said, would aid his administration’s plan to boost the economic prosperity of the people of the state.
In separate meetings with Managing Director/ CEO of NIRSAL MFB, Abubakar Abdulahi Kure and Director-General/CEO of SMEDAN, Olawale Fasanya, the Ekiti State Governor said he was convinced that the state’s fortune would improve through partnership.
He said the state government would ensure a conducive atmosphere for businesses to thrive, while also attracting big business concerns in the state.
He added his administration would seek opportunities for its teeming youth population to get employed, as well as be able to set up businesses.
Kure said the financial institution would provide funds for the state to handle youth unemployment.
He, however, urged the governor to ensure beneficiaries meet their repayment obligation.
On his part, Fasanya said the agency is ready to partner with Ekiti State.