Nigeria has announced it will mark the 2020 World MSMEs Day on Tuesday, June 30th instead of June 27th, being the date set aside by the United Nations to celebrate the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.

The Director General, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAM), Dr. Dikko Umaru Radda made the disclosure of the shift in this year’s date on Tuesday while briefing journalists in Abuja on the activities lined up by the federal government to mark the day.

He said it became necessary for his agency to shift the day to 30th June in view of the fact that June 27th falls on Saturday, adding that there is flexibility in marking the event.

“It should be noted that the Agency is responsible for the development and promotion of MSMEs in the country; it is therefore incumbent on SMEDAN to anchor and spearhead the yearly World MSME Day.

“Usually the World MSME day is globally celebrated on 27th of June yearly, but this date fell on a Saturday, and there is flexibility in marking the event hence we decided to celebrate the day on 30th of June,” he said and listed both the objectives of World MSMEs day and the activities lined up by SMEDAN to mark the day in Nigeria.

He listed the objectives of the World MSMEs day to include, bringing to limelight the challenges and prospects of MSMEs; to increase public awareness of SMEDAN programmes and achievements within the year under reference and to create public awareness about the Agency activities and programmes

While recalling that Nigeria successfully celebrated the day in 2018 and 2019, Dr. Radda said this year’s World MSMEs Day is different because of the coronavirus pandemic which has made it difficult for some activities to be carried, adding however SMEDAN has concluded arrangements to mark the day in full compliance with federal government’s directives on covid-19 protocols as well as the directives of the declaration by the United Nations that it must be marked to reflect the global pandemic.

“Hence, the theme of this year’s event is COVID 19: the Great lockdown and its impact on Small Business.,” he said.

”Also this year we are collaborating with a technical partner Leapworld Consulting firm based in Lagos to mark this year’s World MSME DAY.

“Gentlemen of the press, as the Agency responsible for the development and promotion of MSMEs in Nigeria , we would be marking the event with the following activities: Awareness campaigns in both Print and broadcast media; I will feature in some Television and Radio programmes and there will be an online discussion on 30th of June 2020 via Webiner with the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbanjo and the Hon. Minister of State, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Ambassador Maryam Katagum participating,” he said.

According to Radda, other participants at the events include himself, the Regional Director UNIDO, NASME, NASSI, Development Bank of Nigeria, DBN, Bank of Industry, BOI, Industrial Training Fund, ITF, other stakeholders such as NIRSAL, NITDA Jumia, Facebook and AWEP, adding that there will also be a virtual documentary on the World MSME DAY.

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