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Industrial council meets on technology training, MSME financing, smuggling




Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah, Nigeria’s Minister of Industry,Trade and Investment.

The Industrial Council has met to resolve a number of issues affecting industry, including training in technology, MSME financing and how to curb smuggling.

The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr Okechukwu Enelamah, told State House correspondents after the meeting that the gathering dwelt extensively on the need to provide training in the technology space.

The monthly meeting was chaired over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

“We have just held a meeting of the Industrial Policy and Competitiveness Advisory Council, Industrial Council for short.

“It was a progress meeting, as you know we meet every month and the purpose is to make sure that those issues that affect industry are adequately discussed and addressed.

“Today we worked on a number of issues; first, we worked on the whole area of technology and how to sort of deal with issues around MSMEs and financing.

“We also worked on issues that affect training and providing training particularly in the technology space and training people there.

“The sub-committee working on skills acquisition came up with a proposal that was adopted by the council that will lead to providing more training in the technology and the related areas to our people to create more jobs.”

Enelamah added that there was also a discussion around trading and addressing the issue around smuggling.

He said the discussion was robust to ensure that there was a solution to smuggling which had been a problem area in the country.

He said the council also discussed what the federal government was doing with the states and their governors.

According to him, the state governors are co-operating with the industrial council in those areas of interest, such as land acquisition, rights of way or multiplicity of taxes, among other things.

“So I will say overall the industrial policy and competitiveness council had a good meeting today,’’  he stated.

According to source, some prominent industry operators such as Aliko Dangote and Abdulsamad Rabiu of the BUA group attended the meeting.

In a related development, the United Kingdom Development office met with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to strengthen the co-operation between UK and the Federal Republic of Nigeria in trade, sports and human capital development.

Penny Mordant, the UK’s International Development Secretary, told correspondents after the meeting that both parties discussed economic development, investing in human capital, health and education.

She said her department was very proud of its partnership with the Federal Government and would like to continue investing in sports, health and education.

“We want to ensure that Nigerian government is really able to keep investing in that too; that will help us tremendously.

“We have been discussing economic prosperity and talking about the security and humanitarian situation in particular in the North East.

“We have also been talking about some other issues including the elections to make sure that they are free and fair elections and that will be very positive for the nation,’’ she said.

The British secretary noted with gladness that the country’s investment in education had been giving the children and young people what they needed to achieve their full potential.

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