Small and Medium Enterprise Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) have advocated for extended monitoring and evaluation of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) for economic development.
SMEDAN Coordinator in Ondo State, Biodun Ayedun made this known while speaking with The Hope on Sunday in Akure.
He said effective monitoring and evaluation could assist in developing MSMEs policies in the state and Nigeria in general.
He explained that the Dr Dikko Radda lad agency was making effort to ensure that the National MSMEs Council extended monitoring and evaluation of MSMEs by a recognised MSMEs body.
“So that we can be able to give report concerning programmes being done by the Federal Government in that regard.
“Part of the reasons why we do not have much monitoring and evaluation aspect of the MSMEs programmes was because of no coordination as those activities in support of MSMEs are done by different government agencies and ministries.
“In SMEDAN all our activities are monitored and evaluated which gives us input as to how we can run the same programme next time.”
He said that SMEDAN being an apex organisation had been in the forefront of MSMEs coordination through the National MSMEs Council.
”Under that circumstances, not much was achieved on the monitoring and evaluation because individual agencies and ministries were equally doing monitoring and evaluation.”
Ayedun said all efforts must be geared towards supporting, exposing and proffering solutions to the challenges confronting the 41 million MSMEs in Nigeria.