Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday extolled President Mohammadu Buhari and Governor Hope Uzodimma for their efforts in attracting the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Clinic to Imo State.
The National MSME Clinic, an initiative of the Office of the Vice President has successfully been commissioned in Owerri by Prof. Osibanjo in collaboration with the Imo State government.
Performing the ceremony at the Ahiajoku Convention Centre in Owerri, the Imo State Capital, Prof. Osibanjo said that the clinic entails government providing various equipment, machines, types of trade facilities among others that are usually expensive to procure by those involved in small businesses because of high cost of such machines.
“What Government does is to invest in buying the equipment, provide spaces and facilities in that location of the clusters for the trade or businesses and or where there are many people who are engaged in a particular type of business the Government will help them to access the use of such facilities.”
He said the facility commissioned in Imo State is critical because “the location of the facility by the side of Amakohia market is important because it is within the metropolis and also along the famous Orlu/Owerri road which is the commercial nerve centre of Owerri.”
Prof. Osibanjo told his audience that “the facilities are well equipped and are expected to be used by those who are involved in the production of various garment wears and it is meant to enable them to produce end-to-end.”
In the same vein, he commended the Governor Uzodimma for his commitment in attracting the facility to Imo State, emphasizing that the facility is in collaboration between the Federal and State Government. “So the State is expected to work jointly with the Federal Government in other to benefit the people of the State.”
In his address, Governor Uzodimma described the MSME facility as a salutary signpost of the Shared Prosperity Agenda of his administration and thanked President Mohammadu Buhari and his team for the creative enterprise expressed in the MSME scheme. He described the project as a “testament of the Federal Government commitment to the development of Imo State.”
“The cardinal objective of the facility is the empowerment of our young men and women and total eradication of poverty in Imo State,” he said and thanked again the President and the Vice President for the attention that they have always given to Imo State which he described as “the industrial hub of the South East.