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Ekiti News reports that the Vice President of Nigeria, Senator Kashim Shettima has on Thursday, commissioned the Ekiti State Ultra-Modern Fashion and Garment Hub at Odua Textile Complex, Basiri, Ado Ekiti, the State Capital.

Senator Shettima also launched the 3rd edition of the Expanded National MSMEs Clinic.

The Expanded National MSME Clinics is one of the federal government’s strategies for making it easier to do business in Nigeria through a series of business forums organised in different cities across the country to proffer on-the-spot solutions to challenges confronting MSMEs.

The first and second editions were earlier this year launched in Benue and Ogun States respectively.

Earlier on arrival in Ado-Ekiti, the Vice President who was received by Governor Biodun Oyebanji, his wife and other top government functionaries, paid a courtesy visit to the Ewi of Ado Ekiti, Oba Adeyemo Adejugbe where he was received by the Ewi in Council and prominent leaders of the town as well as representatives of the state council of traditional rulers.

Senator Shettima and his entourage also inspected the Adire Ekiti Hub, a pet project of the first lady of Ekiti State.

Launching the third edition of the Expanded MSME Clinics at the Trade Fair Complex, Old Iyin Road in Ado Ekiti, the Vice President hinted at the initiative moving next to Borno and Enugu States, “before culminating in the National MSME Awards in FCT on June 27, 2024, to commemorate the United Nations World MSME Day”.

The Vice President noted that the only way the Tinubu administration is appealing “to the land of honor and integrity” is by ensuring the expansion of the labour market and supporting the required skills. 

“Small businesses are the lifelines of communities across the nation and a strong pillar of stability during this critical phase of our economic transition. We cannot claim to have excelled in our interventions unless they remain our top priority. Our commitment to revitalizing the MSME sector ensures that these businesses continue to serve their essential buffering function,” he explained. 

For the ultra-modern MSME Fashion Hub which he commissioned earlier, Senator Shettima said while it competes ideally with others globally, the hub has the potential of creating an estimated 48,000 jobs annually.

Describing the hub as a significant milestone by the Tinubu administration to empower local industries, he stated: “It boasts the capacity to produce a wide range of fashion gear, including military uniforms, and rivals any facility in the world. Equipped with modern-day machinery and technology, this hub holds immense potential for job creation, with projections estimating an average of 48,000 jobs annually. 

“We anticipate that this facility will be managed by a competent private sector entity, while both federal and state governments will maintain vigilant oversight over its operations. With over 300 pieces of cutting-edge equipment, this hub represents a significant milestone in our efforts to empower local industries”. 

In his remarks, Governor Oyebanji expressed gratitude to the Vice President for his wise counsel and support for his administration in the state, noting that President Tinubu had, indeed, been a father who has fulfilled all of his campaign promises.

He called on the political class in Ekiti to support his administration, noting that “it is only in unity that we can attract so much for the good of the our people.”

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