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4th MSME Awards: Gombe Receives Golden Medal in Ease of Doing Business



4th MSME Awards: Gombe Receives Golden Medal in Ease of Doing Business

By Daily Hint Reporter, Gombe

Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe state has received an award of the best performing state and number one in ease of doing business among the 36 States and the FCT.

The award was presented to him by the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN during the 4th MSME awards and Dinner held at the Banquet Hall of the presidential Villa in Abuja.

The Awards ceremony was the climax of a week-long celebration of excellence, hard work and innovation in the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) sector in Nigeria.

Recall that Gombe State had emerged as the best among states that have provided attractive environments that promote business growth in Nigeria as contained in a result of the State Ease of Doing Business Survey undertaken by the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) as a status report on the current attractiveness of states business climates for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

Speaking at the occasion, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo congratulated Gombe state for emerging top on the ease of doing business log. He also commended Governor Yahaya for his support to the small and medium sized enterprises in his state.

On the MSME awards, Vice President Osinbajo said the Federal Government is encouraged by the resilience and innovation of young Nigerians across different sectors and is committed to doing more to support their growth and prosperity.

“Let me leave you with President Muhammadu Buhari’s words of commitment to MSMEs in Nigeria: he said, “we will continue to stand by you, to support you and create opportunities for you to grow and prosper.”

The VP commended the creativity of the 2021 winners of the awards, noting that “the awards have inspired many young entrepreneurs to greatness and some of the stories are simply incredible.”

Speaking to newsmen shortly after the event, Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya said ” I feel really satisfied and delighted that the reforms we are undertaking and the efforts we are making in general have been recognised to the extent that we have been adjudged to be the number one state that provided the enabling environment for businesses to thrive”.

He said the recognition will spur him to do more for the people to feel the impact of what both the federal and the state governments are doing in terms of providing support to the small and medium enterprises and businesses at large.

He said ” With an enterprising workforce, vibrant market, robust infrastructure, peaceful atmosphere and favorable regulatory environment, Gombe state has all that is needed for MSMEs to thrive and succeed “.

Twelve (12) MSMEs across the country won awards in different categories, including ZIA SPICES representing Gombe State which emerged best MSME Clinic participant- female category.

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MATAN Seeks partnership with Dantata



MATAN seeks partnership with Dantata

Executives of the Kano State Chapter, of Market Traders Association of Nigeria, (MATAN), led by the Chairman, Comrade Abba Aminu Imam, paid an advocacy visit to the Chief Executive Officer of Dantata Foods and Allied Products, Alhaji Tajuddeen Aminu Dantata, at his office, located along Club road, Kano. The chairman, assisted by other members, issued a certificate to Alhaji Tajuddeen for his appointment as a patron of MATAN and decorated him accordingly

Parts of the objectives of the visit were to intimate Alhaji Tajuddeen Aminu Dantata on the existence and activities of MATAN, Kano State Chapter. The visit was also meant to seeks his support, explain to him the general missions and visions of the association that can be implemented in the best interest of Kano traders for the enhancement of business activities.

Chairman of the association, Comrade Abba Aminu Imam, who spoke on behalf of executives, told the host that MATAN has appointed him as one of its patrons and member of the advisory council.

The chairman explained that the executives have unanimously approved such appointment in recognition of his patriotism and contributions towards the improvement of business activities both in Kano, Nigeria and the world at large.

The chairman further told Dantata that MATAN has unveiled an effective roadmap for improvement of the general welfare of Kano traders as well as overhaul of business activities.

He equally informed Alhaji Tajuddeen Aminu Dantata that as a strategy to ensure successful and hitch-free implementation of the blueprint, it was designed and categorised on short, medium and long term procedures.

The chairman, equally, declared that the based on the content of the roadmap, MATAN has identified the primary predicaments confronting Kano traders, markets and general business activities and outlined possible solutions.

The chairman informed Alhaji Tajuddeen on the impending non-interest loan that Kano traders will benefit from the Sterling Bank, saying plans have reached an advanced stage for the disbursement of the loans to the eligible registered members.

He therefore, called on Alhaji Tajuddeen to use his wealth of experience, knowledge and business development strategies to offer advice to MATAN on how to move trading forward for the general benefits of Kano traders.

In his response, Alhaji Tajuddeen, expressed delight over the visit and found him worthy for the appointment as patron.

He tasked the executives to embark on vigorous registrations drive to woo more members into the association, saying high number of members is a vital device for the successful implementation of the set goals.

The patron also, promised to use his connections, both within Nigeria and globally to ensure rapid growth of the association.


Mustapha Isah Kwaru, MATAN Media Aide

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Gov. Buni Charge UBA On Corporate Social Responsibility



Gov. Buni Charge UBA on corporate social Responsibility

By Modu Mala, Damaturu

His Excellency, Hon. Mai Mala Buni,The Executive Governor of Yobe state, has charged the United Bank for Africa (UBA) on execution of corporate social responsibility projects and programmes in the state.

Governor Buni made the call on Wednesday when he received Mr Liadi Ayoku, the Deputy Managing Director of the bank.

He said as a business partner patronised by the state government, the bank should reciprocate the gesture by responding to the needs of the people.

The governor who was represented by the state Commissioner for Finance, Alhaji Musa Mustapha, assured that government will continue to conduct transparent business with all partners.

UBA Deputy Managing Director, Mr. Liadi Ayoku, commended Governor Buni for his commitment to developing the state.

He assured the determination of his organization towards a fruitful business partnership with Yobe state government.

Liadi assured that the bank would develop and improve on the corporate social responsibility as demanded by Governor Buni.

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Adamawa YOWICAN Partners RIFAN Green Eagle to Engage Youth in Rice Farming – Gabriel



Adamawa YOWICAN partners RIFAN, Green Eagles to engage youth in Rice farming – Gabriel

By Tom Garba Yola

The leadership of Youth Wing of Christians Association of Nigeria (YOWICAN), Adamawa State chapter has partnered with Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) and Green Eagles to engage Youth in dry season farming of Rice in the state.

The state Chairman of the Association, Rev. Gabriel L. Shall in a press statement said his leadership is making a collaborative effort in creating much awareness for the youths to leverage on the state’s abundant arable lands across the twenty-one local government areas.

According to him, they are targeting the Youths of Demsa Local Government of the state in a pilot project to later extend the plans to other local governments.

He said the essence of the collaboration is for the youth to fight poverty as they can’t underestimate the importance of Dry season Rice farming which can turn their lives to be more productive and meaningful.

“Dry season rice farming will reduce the gap of unemployment and boost agriculture in Nigeria,” Shall said

He called on Government at all levels to invest and focus more on the youths knowing the fact that they are the economic backbone of every Nation.

While appreciating the representatives of RIFAN, and Green Eagle for the opportunity of engaging Adamawa Youths to Anchor borrowers program and he stressed the need for the Youths to never misuse or play around with the ample privilege given.

“We want to seize the opportunity that RIFAN in Adamawa State wants to move about 10,000 youths into multi-millions Naira ventures in the next two years.

“Let’s mobilize ourselves, let’s proactively take advantage of this opportunity and save ourselves from the quagmire of joblessness,” Gabriel Stated

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