Governor Babagana Umara Zulum has launched the Borno State E-commerce platform developed and adopted by the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation during the flag off of SMEDAN’s conditional grant scheme.
SMEDAN’s Director General, Dr. Dikko Umaru Radda was commended by the state government for the initiative.
The Borno E-commerce platform was designed by the state’s Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation on the Android Operating System.
Zulum said his administration was committed to developing business enterprises in the state, especially through engaging several youths in various employment platforms to make them self reliant by disbursement of more than 3 billon naira.
The governor also noted that the administration has invested in many new vocational training centres and has revived old ones to rekindle SMSEs in the state by establishing sustainable businesses of their own.
The governor announced that a sustainability development agency will be created in the near future with the aim of developing a vanguard for rural industrialization and poverty reduction to enhance livelihood of the people.
The governor concluded by urging the SMSEs artisans and technicians to register with Borno State E-commerce in order to explore the various economic opportunities and have the knowledge on advertisment and other technologies in order to boost their trade.
Zulum also recalled his recent trip to the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) and the Nigerian Export Processing Zone Authority (NEPZA) in Abuja to attract investment opportunities to the state as the governor announced the application for the resuscitation of the Banki Free Trade Zone.
In his welcome address, the Commissioner Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr. Babagana Malumbe, said that the platform was innovated in line with Governor Zulum’s 10 Pact Agenda and 25 Years Development Plan towards formalizing the small scale enterprises and reducing unemployment and federal government’s digitalization process.
It is also aimed at reducing unemployment, promoting regional trade and increasing export by capitalizing on the three borders shared by Borno State, in a bid to increase internally generated revenue (IGR) to the state.
The benefits of the platform as explained by Dr. Mallumbe will enable citizens to join the global village to market their products, locate artisans and choose stocks based on one’s choice.
The essence of the launching today he said, was for the registration of location, contacts and commodities for entrepreneurs.