Katsina State Plans Big On Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises MSME

Katsina State Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (KTS-MSMEs) Council has just concluded retreat on how to optimize the huge MSME potentials in the state.

The retreat was a
two-day event which centred on discussions on varied issues around the MSMEs development,
existing programmes and how they affect MSMEs sub-sector development in Katsina State.

The retreat was held between November 22 and 23, 2021 with very fruitful outcomes as contained in a communique issued at the end the its deliberations and brainstorming sessions.

It also provided the platform to familiarize with, and subject to open review, the new National Policy on MSMEs and strategizes on ways to provide effective and efficient service delivery to grow the MSMEs sub-sector in Katsina State.

The state Deputy Governor, Qs Mannir Yakubu, who spoke on behalf of the state government,
while declaring open the two-day workshop had explained that the workshop will focus on areas
like dialogue with development partners, sourcing donor resources, planning and financial
management, improving the knowledge of MSME council, as well as leveraging on the
opportunity provide by the African Continental Free Trade Zone for MSME development.

The Deputy Governor Mannir Yakubu, who is also the Chairman of the Council, noted that the
State government has achieved so much in the area of MSME development through collaboration with Federal Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs), private sector, other stakeholders.

He highlighted some of the achievement, which include, collaboration with Raw Materials
Research and Development Council (RMRDC) to organise training on tiger nut value chain for
women in Katsina State, and Workshop on investment opportunities in some strategic crops, safe use of pesticides, and agro-chemicals to farmers.

Other achievement by the government include securing and the distribution of varieties of cashew and cotton seedlings and seeds to farmers in the state, support to the state steering Committee on Survival Fund and Support to the Federal Government efforts on ease of doing business.

Other achievements include collaboration with Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON) on certification of some establishments by the state Government and SMEs in the construction industry.

This in addition to securing allocation of land and Certificate of Occupancy (CofO) for the permanent office complex for SON and that of Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment/NEPZA for the establishment of Funtua Integrated Textiles and Garment Parks, among other giant strides.

Earlier, the Katsina State Government had vowed to put more effort in the improvement Micro,
Small, and Medium Enterprise (MSME) across the state for efficient business management.
Issues And Considerations
After several brainstorming sessions, presentations and exhaustive deliberations on the ways to make the MSMEs Council more efficient and responsive to prevailing exigencies of the MSMEs sub-sector in the state, the retreat considered strategies that can hasten the growth and development of the MSMEs sector in the state.

It also considered presentation on the reviewed National Policy on MSMEs, which set the tone for
the proceedings, leading to the formation of four syndicate groups, who eventually deliberated
and made robust contributions on the ways to grow the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (NMSMEs) sub sector in Katsina State.

The retreat further discussed extensively the newly reviewed National Policy on MSME and
implementable milestones in the state. Evaluation on the need for continuous training and
capacity building programmes to re-position the BMOs for effective service delivery to their
members was also explored.

Other issues deliberated include myriads of challenges faced in the MSMEs development
programmes in the state, and ways to make future implementations more impactful, by deepening
participation and improving on the various programmes content.

Resolutions/Actions
In the context of the foregoing deliberations on the scenarios above, the retreat arrived at certain
resolutions which are being put forward.

According to the communique, all Agencies in the state responsible for training and capacity
building should work in concert with BMOs to provide sector specific training for Entrepreneurs in the state.

Furthermore, it was resolved that training and capacity building for BMOs and other form of skills upgrade for members should be given priority attention going forward. The Training Needs Analysis is to be submitted by the BMOs to the MSME Council for consideration as a resolution.

In addition the retreat put forward the need to deepen stakeholder engagement through town hall
meetings and mass media on available financial windows and regulatory matters for MSMEs in
the state.

Also resolved was need for Katsina MSMEs Council to emulate the National in terms of composition of the Technical Implementation Committee by adopting a co-chair from the private sector.

Research for Development is to be emphasized upon in the state by leveraging on the educational
institutions in the state while the Katsina MSMEs Council should Commission Needs assessment
of Skills gap in the state and follow up with training provision of Business Development Services
(BDS) to increase the capacities of NMSMEs operators as well as harmonise all the Skills Training
Centres in the State.

Also included in its resolutions was the need for MSME Council to leverage on commercial and
undertaking officers at the LGAs and Business Information Centres for provision of awareness and
support for Nano MSMEs to fill the financial literacy gaps while various BMOs should appraise
their financial state and the attendant gaps, and make report available to the council for possible considerations.

The MSME Council was
advise to consider the establishment of border Market and export warehouse to facilitate
exportation of Made in Katsina/ Nigeria product and that the completion of laudable projects
embarked upon by the State Government that has direct bearing on MSMEs (including Common
Facility Centre for MSMEs, formation of an SPV, Integrated Textile and Garment, Establishment of Power Sub stations and Water Supply, Special Agro Processing Zones (SAPZ) and others).

Finally, it was recommended that the harmonization of data on finance and beneficiaries of
funding interventions in the state should be embarked upon as soon as possible.

The communique was signed by Qs. Mannir Yakubu, FNIQS, the Chairman KTS- MSMEs Council
who also doubles as the State Deputy Governor and the Onesi Lawani of SMEDAN as the Lead
Facilitator.

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