Buhari Appoints Dikko Radda As New DG, SMEDAN

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Dikko Radda as Director-General of Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria, SMEDAN

Until his new appointment, he was Chief of Staff to the Katsina State Governor.  Dikko Radda has a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Economics and Extension from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi. He obtained two Master’s Degrees in Agricultural Extension and in International Affairs and Diplomacy; and also doctor of philosophy in Agricultural Extension and Rural Sociology, all from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, between 1998 and 2015.

A statement from the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawan, said the appointment is for a period of five years. He is to assume duty with immediate effect.

For the sake of readers, What is SMEDAN really about?

  • Stimulating, Monitoring and Coordinating the development of the MSMEs sector,
  • Initiating and articulating policy ideas for micro, small and medium enterprises growth and development,
  • Promoting and facilitating development programmes, instruments and support services to accelerate the development and modernization of MSME operation.
  • Serving as vanguard for rural industrialization, poverty reduction, job creatioin and enhance sustainable livelihoods.
  • Linking SMEs to internal and external sources of finance, appropriate technology, technical skills as well as to large enterprises.
  • promoting information and providing access to industrial infrastructure such as layouts, incubators, industrial parks.
  • Intermediating between MSMEs and the Government. SMEDAN is the voice of the MSMEs.
  • Working in concert with other institutions in both public and private sectors to create a good enabling environment of businesses in general, and MSME activities in particular

We have taken a cursory look at what SMEDAN is about juxtaposed with the qualification of the new man at the helm of affairs. From his many years of experience in building and maintaining a small and Medium business that has spanned over a decade, it is safe to assume that Mr Dikko Radda is capable of the job at hand.

Source: Vanguard Nigeria

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