As part of the efforts towards realization of Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERPG), the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) is training its Medium, Small and Micro Enterprises (MSME) officers for the implementation of its One Local Government One Product (OLOP) Programme.
Declaring the event open in Kaduna, its Director-General, Dr. Dikko Umaru Radda, said the agency was re-launching the OLOP programme in line with the vision of the Federal Government’s ERPG.
He said OLOP is a rural economy revitalisation plan built around the well-known drivers of its globally-renowned equivalent – One Village One Product – which originated from Japan.
Radda told the desk officers that the One Local Government One Product, is a process in which each local government identifies a valuable local resource in which it has competitive and comparative advantage to promote to the rest of the country through its value-addition, sales and marketing activities.
He said the programme was focused on identifying local distinctiveness, value-addition, and branding and market access.
He reiterated that OLOP would enable the agency achieve the goal of identifying and galvanising rural communities around their natural endowment for wealth creation.
OLOP would also enhance technical, technological and business management skills of MSMEs (especially existing ones) as basis for expanding business opportunities of local communities and it will facilitate emergence of value-added products, with emphasis on quality control, packaging and branding, he aded.
Radda also pointed out that senatorial districts would be used as the platform for the selection of the products, as the agency would be anticipating 109 products from the senatorial districts.