-The Executive Chairman of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Dr. Joseph Ogbele, has called on the Rivers State Governor- Elect, Sir Siminialayi Fubara, and other Governors-elect to pay more attention on the expansion of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).
He said SMEs are the pilots of the economy, adding that when government gives adequate awareness to its development, it will provide multiple jobs for the unemployed youths, and also yields more income to the government.
Ogbele, who made this known during an interaction with reporters in Port Harcourt, expressed regrets that governments at various levels have not given the attention it supposed to give the SMEs to the growth and development of Small and Medium Enterprises so far.
According to ogbele, the high rate of unemployment currently ravaging the country was as a result of the neglect of the small and medium Enterprises.
“Various administrations have come onboard at the state and federal levels, but I can tell you that proper attention had not been given to SMEs, which is supposed to engage these unemployed youths.
“My advice is that they should give adequate attention to development of these Small and medium Enterprises, and you will see what will happen in terms of employment and growth in the economy at both state and federal levels”, he said.