GGPC at the SMEDAN Strategic Management Retreat in Kaduna from April 21 – 24th 2016

Dr Dikko Radda assumed duty as the Director General of SMEDAN in March 2016.  On resumption, it was clear to him that he needed to drive key strategic imperatives to meet the challenges of Job creation, wealth and poverty alleviation of the present Administration.

The thrust of the retreat was on how to make SMEDAN the hub for the development of micro, small, and medium enterprises in the private sector in Nigeria.

GGPC presented a paper on Effective Policy Implementation and Staff re-orientation.  Effective policy implementation requires that:

  • policies must not have ambiguities,
  • policies must be well understood by the driver
  • the policy must be domiciled with one Agency for implementation
  • human capacity has to exist in sufficient numbers
  • funding or access to funding is a prequisite
  • and finally, the political will must underpin the policy

The implementation of Government policy on enterprise creation has over the years and through several Administrations have had anchor in several Ministries and Agencies.  The Labour Ministry has the National Directorate of Employment that has several Enterprise Development schemes such as waste to wealth, and very recently we have seen quasi-agencies such as SURE-P, YOUWin and many others.  These have essentially eroded the functions of the SMEDAN.

GGPC holds the view that the present Government must re-focus SMEDAN as the hub for enterprise creation and development in Nigeria and give it the impetus to perform in line with its original mandate.

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