Nigerian Technology Minister wants SMEs online
By Lukas Ajanaku, Lagos, Nigeria
Nigeria's Communication Technology Minister, Omobola Johnson, has charged members of the National Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (NASME) to increase the presence of their businesses on the internet, to facilitate growth and their contribution to the nation's gross domestic product (GDP).
She received members of the Governing Council of NASME in Abuja.
She urged NASME to embrace Information and Communication Technology in their business activities and tasked the Governing Council to sensitise and enlighten members of the Association to deploy the tools of ICTs to expand the horizons of their business.
The Minister, who described SMEs as the engine that drives most economies, stressed that creating websites for the businesses of SMEs would widen their access to market and boost their revenue.
She said that many SMEs had increased their market share and grown their business portfolios tremendously by registering their presence online.
Speaking earlier, the President/Chairman of the council, Dr Ike Abugu, solicited the collaboration of the Ministry in order to improve the productivity of SMEs in Nigeria.
He said that SMEs contributed to the GDP of the Nigeria and should be encouraged to thrive through the provision of an enabling environment and the right policies that will enhance their growth.