The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) has called for the establishment of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Development Bank to address funding challenge confronting MSMEs in Nigeria.
The Director-General, SMEDAN, Dr Umar Dikko, made the call on Wednesday in Abuja at a news conference it organised to mark its 2019 “World MSMEs Day.’’
Dikko, represented by the Director, Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP), Mr Ewans Monday, said that access to affordable finance was a major challenge to the operations of MSMEs.
He described the MSMEs Development Bank as a robust and one-stop development finance institution mandated to nurture and meet the funding and business growth needs of MSMEs.
“The bank should complement existing products and services offered by commercial and other banks through comprehensive and integrated financial and business advisory services.
“Its primary role should be to contribute toward the growth of sustainable MSMEs in Nigeria,” he said.
Dikko said that the MSMEs, as the backbone of every economy globally accounted for 90 per cent of businesses and 60 per cent to 70 per cent of employment worldwide.