VON partners SMEDAN to boost activities of SMEs

The director general of the Voice of Nigeria (VON) Mallam Jibrin Baba Ndace has reiterated the commitment of the organization to partner with Small and Medium Enterprise Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) to avail Nigerians of opportunities that abound in the sector.

The DG stated this Tuesday when he led management staff of VON on a courtesy visit on the Director-General of SMEDAN, Mr Charles Odii in Abuja on Tuesday.

According to the DG, Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu provides opportunities for all Nigerians and some of the opportunities are in the areas of Small of Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs).

“Our president and commander -in-chief Bola Ahmed Tinubu has promised in his Renewed Hope Agenda to provide opportunities for all Nigerians. Some of these opportunities are through the SMEs.
“Whatever you do as I said to you in the office, you have to create a positive narrative about it and get the right platforms that would let the world know what you do,” he said.

Ndace while describing SMEs as the backbone of every economy, said VON is willing to partner SMEDAN to propagate what they are doing to the world.
He said: I want you to see VON as your partner in what you are doing with SMEs . No country in the world can grow without a robust SMEs. Since you came in board I have been following your activities both within the Federal Capital Territory and other parts of the country and I discovered that you are doing a great in that very critical sector of our economy.
“We are here to let you know that VON is already propagating and promoting many of your activities through our programmes we we talk about issues of SMEs, poverty alleviation and some of the things you are doing.
“VON is the only broadcast station in Africa that broadcast in eight languages. Even among the private broadcast organizations there is non that broadcast in that number of languages. “

Speaking further, Ndace emphasized the determination of VON in fighting fake news and shaping positive narrative about Nigeria.

According to him: “We are also focus as an organization in fighting fake news, misinformation and disinformation about our country and our people. When you travel outside the country what people will talk to you about are not the positive things that happens in our country . Thank is why as director general I promised that I will be consistent and truthful in creating believable narrative about everything that is happening in our country.

“The world needs to know that despite our challenges which are not perculiar to us as a country, positive things are happening through SMEDAN and other similar organizations.

“We should not be shy in telling our stories, nobody will tell them for us. When we have organizations like yours doing the right thing it is easier for us to broadcast it in Nigeria and around the world. “

In his remarks, the DG SMEDAN expressed willingness of his agency to collaborate with VON to propagate their activities to the world.