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Small Scale Industrialists Benefited Nothing From Akeredolu Govt- Great Sheyi

The State Chairman of Nigeria Association of Small Scale Industrialists ( NASSI), Great Sheyi Akintunde has disclosed that the association beneffited nothing from the administration of Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu in his four years in office.

He made this know while chatting with the PATH, saying the government performance in the state is commendable but as a body, nothing can be traced as the impact of government to its members.

He said the governor attention was focused on the mega industrial hubs in Ore,forgetting that the small scale industrialists were the one running the economy of the state in their own little ways before the Ore Industrial hub..

He lamented the neglect of small scale industrialists who are the people that control the economy of the nation. ” We are not mega nor multinational but SMEs are the engine room of any nation. We are the engine room of Ondo State economy”.

Great Sheyi said Micro Credit Agency loans is for micro enterprises and not for industrialists, advising the governor to create new agency where industrialists can access fund to boost their industries.

” What the state Micro Credit Agency is giving out is for micro business; what the agency are giving out can’t sustain us,that is why we are agitating and telling the state government to be proactive in the development of industrial sector”.

He commended the loans rolled out by the Federal Government to assist the Small and Medium Enterprises in Ondo State among other funds like Survival Fund, Covid-19 Loan and CAC business registration.

” We took it upon ourselves to harnessed the loans opportunities of the FG for our members. We get engage in Covid-19 relief package, Survival Fund ,Covid-19 loan, C A C business registration among others”.

Meanwhile, the State Chairman of NASSI has recorded numbers of achievement since he took the mantle of leadership of the association some years back.

According to him, ” We are able to organise high power business training for our members, training on new technology; collaboration with the Government Employment Project (GEP) for grant which about 28 members have benefited, financial outlet which is a loan of N10m payable in 5 years among other laudable achievements”.

He assured members of the association of harvest in 2021 in terms of loans and collaboration with some donor agencies for grants. “We are expecting women grants of N5m per woman”.

He further appealed to the state governor to make the small scale industrialists a focal point of his administration as he begins second term in office.

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