Gov Inuwa Yahaya Says Gombe Laying Foundation For Industrial Development Through MSMEs


    By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna

    Riding on the wings of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), the Gombe State Government is laying a solid foundation for industrial development in the state.
    Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya expressed this on Tuesday, when Vice President of the Federal Republic Of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osibanjo paid one-day working visit to the state to the 27th edition of the National Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Clinic at the  Pantami Stadium, Gombe. “Since coming to office, we have been working to lay a solid foundation for industrial development of Gombe State, with specific focus on MSMEs. Similarly, the recently launched 10-year Development Agenda for Gombe State identified the MSME subsector as an important driver of economic and social advancement. With the plan to set up the Dadin Kowa industrial park, coupled with our enormous potentials in hydropower, oil and gas, irrigation agriculture and solid minerals, Gombe State is on track to become the industrial hub of the North-east subregion,” he said.

    The governor said that hosting of the 27th Edition of the National MSME Clinic is an important milestone in the development of the local economy in Gombe State.
    ” It is expected to facilitate the development of small-scale enterprises by serving as a one-stop shop for all MSME-related information, bringing together all relevant stakeholders, promoting the production and consumption of locally produced goods and services.  “More importantly, it will help our small and medium scale businesses in areas of improving access to finance, business registrations, access to market, skills acquisition and compliance with regulatory requirements,” he added.
    Governor Inuwa Yahaya explained that together with other reforms around ease of doing business, they are working to create a conducive environment for their small and medium enterprises to thrive and succeed.
    Speaking further, he pointed out that the choice of Gombe State for the 27th MSME Clinic is both apt and timely. 
    “We are blessed with an economy that is driven by enterprising and hard-working young men and women. No wonder the British Historian, Dr Mary Tiffen, aptly described the people of Gombe as “The Enterprising Peasants” in her seminal book on the history of Economic Development in Gombe (1900—1968). 
    “Added to the uniquely favorable conditions for individual enterprise, our strategic position at the center of the Northeast subregion puts us at the heart of the regional trade, commerce and agriculture,” he stressed. 
    He assured that his administration is working to reposition the MSME subsector. 
    “Already, the bill for the creation of the Gombe State Enterprise Development Agency is before the House of Assembly. When created, the Agency is expected to drive MSME development in the state by harnessing the enormous potentials of our small and medium scale businesses across various economic and social sectors. 
    “I have no doubt that with this development, the House of Assembly will expedite action by passing it into law,” he further assured. The Gombe State  Governor emphasized that commensurate efforts aimed at boosting human capital development has propelled them  to invest in the revitalization of the education and health sectors, as well as equipping their teeming population of young men and women with the skills and qualifications to succeed in the 21st century. 
    “Thankfully some federal agencies and development partners are helping us to achieve this laudable objective,” he noted.  He pointed out that recent developments in the country and in other parts of the world are important pointers for them to be more focused on the need to create opportunities for their youths. 
    “For us, we see our increasing youth population as both a challenge and an opportunity for the country. As a challenge, we are at risk of instability resulting from anger, frustration and hopelessness of millions of our unemployed youths. On the other hand, we should see it as an opportunity to address our developmental challenges if we tap from their innovation, creativity and energy,” he added.        While welcoming the Vice President and other  guests to the occasion,  he extended  profound appreciation to the Federal Government under the  leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari for its commitment to improving the living standards of their people by creating opportunities in all aspects of human endeavor. In Gombe State.
    “We are witnesses to the amazing transformation in infrastructure, agriculture, technology, small and medium enterprise development,” he said. The governor  extended appreciation to Vice President Yemi Osibanjo for his commitment to the advancement of MSMEs through the various initiatives that are aimed at promoting socio-economic development in the country. 
    “I pray that God Almighty will continue to give you the strength and wisdom to succeed in this noble endeavor. 
    “We are also grateful to other members of the Vice President’s delegation, especially the honorable ministers of trade and investment, communications and digital economy, the DG SMEDAN as well as heads of other federal agencies and parastatals,” he added.


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