The Nigerian President, Mr Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday inaugurated the Nigeria Industrial Revolution Plan and the National Enterprise Development Programme.
He said the various policies so far put in place by his administration are clear indications that he would leave the country better and stronger than he met it.
The president recalled that prior to the launch organised by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, he had inaugurated the Mortgage Refinance Company, the Dry Season Farming and had also hosted a conference on the private sector financing of the power sector.
He said all these were borne out of his desire to build legacies that would outlive his administration. “These are clear indications that we will leave this country stronger and better than we met it.” “With diligent implementation of these revolutionary programmes that we are launching today, we can tell Nigerians that our country is set for development.”
Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Olusegun Aganga, had earlier in his opening remarks, explained that NEDEP was designed to address the neglect that SMEs had suffered in the past. That the ministry had so far created 10,000 cooperatives societies while his target was to create 50,000 every year and produce one million direct jobs yearly.