SMEs Officials Require Regular Training-Workshop Participants

BY ANDREW IKEHI
IN Line with the diverse calls and agitation for the revival of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) sector of the nation’s economy, the need for regular training and retraining of officials of the various Small and Medium Enterprises Department of the various Ministries of Commerce and Industry has again been stressed.
This formed part of a five-point communiqué issued at the end of a three day capacity building workshop for staff of the Delta State Ministry of Commerce and Industry and other stakeholders that support the development of SMEs in the state held recently in Effurun-Warri.
The communiqué, which was jointly endorsed by the Director of SMEs in the state, Mr. Patrick Isichei, Deputy Director, Mr. L.O Kekema and Chief Industry officer of the department, Mr. Michael Obodi observed that part of the major challenge confronting Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in the country include systematic, institutional and managerial.
While commending the Delta State government for the three-day training workshop which they described as impactful and timely, participants at the event also lauded the partnering agency for the event – the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for giving them the opportunity to learn and refresh their knowledge.
They, however, solicited that, given the import of the training in relation to the development of their respective careers, it should be made an annual event, just as they called on the UNDP to assist the SMEs department in developing a template on M and E for staff of the department.
Meanwhile, in a post event interview with The POINTER in his office in Asaba, the Director of SMEs, Mr. Patrick Isichei who represented the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Mr. Frank Isume said that the high point of the event that saw over 20 participants in attendance was the presentation of Certificate of Participation to the various participants.