Officials of the Plateau State Microfinance Development Agency (PLASMIDA) have restated their resolve to support local businesses to be independent and grow the State’s economy.
“Our duty is to project [them] to the world,” said Mr. Bonkam Wuyep, the Director General of PLASMIDA. “People will know what Plateau is made of,” said Wuyep on 13 Jul during a meeting with four national MSME award winners who hail from the State.
According to Wuyep, businesses supported to upgrade and sell in the global market would rid poverty and unemployment, the core focus of PLASMIDA, he said.
“We are doing everything to improve the working environment of MSMES and with the establishment of the one-stop investment and peace building agencies, that is already taking place and we are happy to see the results in you,” he said, speaking to the national awardees.
“We don’t play politics with issues of MSNES in Plateau and we are concerned about the wellbeing of our MSMES,” he added, promising to link local businesses with finance sources and markets.
Wuyep appreciated Governor Simon Lalong for establishing the agency to “create jobs and stamp out poverty and unemployment and that is what you’re doing.”
Responding on behalf of the awardees, Mr. Luka Zang Bot, a 2019 Presidential MSME award winner in technology innovation credited the agency with their successes.
Zang advised other businesses to produce world-standard products and services to stay afloat.
His colleague – Mr. Dung Gwom who won the Presidential award for 2022 in leather works also expressed delight for the creation of the agency which he said provides a structure for businesses to thrive.
He promised to work with other businesses to improve on their quality and beat international competition.
Similarly, Mr. Wuyep met with officials of an online marketing firm – Skyhub and discussed partnership for the promotion of local businesses.
Mr. Yusuf Ahmed, the founder and Chief Executive officer of the firm pledged readiness to train staff of the agency and local businesses to reach global markets through the internet.
Mr. Wuyep also declared businesses in the State cannot survive 21st century competition without the internet. He pledged to work with Skyhub and improve income and visibility for MSMEs.