Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Business Clinic, initiated by the Prince Dapo Abiodun-led administration has been described as the easiest means of alleviating poverty and improve socio-economic activities of residents in Ogun State.
Consultant to the Governor on Commerce and industry, Ms Sola Arobieke made this known during the first phase of the Business Clinic for Ogun West Senatorial District, held at Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Council Secretariat.
Arobieke said this was part of the present administration’s efforts to create enabling environment, in order to improve the ease of doing business in the State, as well as achieve the Goal one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which focused on ending poverty.
She noted that through the one-stop Business Clinic, the State government had facilitated access to credit facility for business owners and intending entrepreneurs at special rates, as low as thee percent, to enable participants register their businesses and products, while also making consultations on exportation and taxation.
Arobieke stated further that the present administration in the State took MSMEs as vital to its success, as they represent 49 percent of the economy, assuring that beyond the clinic, government was also working on infrastructural development to aid economic growth.
The Permanent Secretary, in the Ministry, Mrs. Lydia Fajounbo called on participants to reciprocate the gesture by making good use of the opportunity, adding that government was determined to know the contribution of the Business Clinic to the growth of their businesses.
A member of the Ogun State Judicial Commission, Hon. Aina Akinpelu charged the people to utilise the opportunity to turn their business ideas into reality, saying it was part of the dividends of democracy they craved for.
The President Yewa Chamber of Commerce, Alhaji Sijuade Idowu advised the beneficiaries to access the loan and make use of it appropriately, to fulfil the purpose at which it was meant for, saying developing the businesses at the grassroot was a panacea to good governance.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Funmilayo Quadri and Timothy Owoeye, lauded the government for its genuine effort at boosting small businesses and alleviating poverty, assuring of making optimally use of the opportunity to the advantage of their businesses.
Wale Osunbiyi, Ismail Oladipo & Tope Bankole,
Press Officers, Ministry of Commerce and Industry & ZIO, OTA