The Nigerian Association of Small Scale Industrialists (NASSI) has restated its commitment to the growth and development of small and medium scale enterprises.
Giving this charge at the weekend was Mr. Segun Kuti-George, Chairman of NASSI, Lagos Chapter.
He spoke at the official launch of the Lagos Island chapter of NASSI in Lagos.
Justifying the need for the new chapter, Kuti-George said: “This is something that we have been dreaming about for a long time. That is having chapters of NASSI all over Lagos state. Lagos is the commercial nerve center of the country with over 22 million people. About forty per cent of businesses in Nigeria are in Lagos. We have a big role to play here but all past efforts have not been yielding results.”
The NASSI boss while paying glowing tribute the team led by Ms Kemi Ilori, who according to him, finally made the launch possible. “They have put in their personal and corporate resources to ensure that we are able to do this today. The purpose is to be able to spread the tentacles of the association that represents the interest of kitchen micro and small and medium enterprises in Lagos state. The state has a minimum of 49 local government and LCDAs and it would not be too much for us if we have 49 chapters. However, I would say that it is always good to dream big but start small.”
While reiterating the agency’s commitment to small businesses, he said: “It is a regrettable that we are living in poverty in spite of the enormous resources available. I always tell people that Nigeria has no business with poverty.”