By Marie-Therese Nanlong.
Jos – Nigerians have been urged to see the current recession in the country as an opportunity to engage in small businesses and entrepreneurs engaging in small businesses in Plateau State encouraged to expand the scope of their businesses as they have the potentials to shore up opportunities for growth of the business sector and take the country out of the current recession.
The Representative of the Centre for International Private Enterprise, CIPE, Mr. Haroun Audu whose organization is partnering with the Plateau Coalition of Business and Professional Associations, PLACOBA to create enabling environment for small businesses to thrive in the State expressed the view at a press briefing in Jos where he called on the media to support small businesses to grow by generating the necessary awareness and understanding required to strengthen the capacity of businesses in the country.
Speaking, Audu disclosed that CIPE is a US based organization whose primary objective is to strengthen democracy around the globe through private enterprise and market oriented reform, assisting business coalitions to develop business agenda which are important tools that allow private sector actors to collectively identify and discuss the obstacles to the development and growth of the business sector and propose potential solutions to those problems.
He also emphasized the need to hold a media workshop to enhance the capacity of professionals as partners who would engender an enduring and viable business climate and “provide solutions to the problems faced by businesses and professional associations in Nigeria.”
According to him, “Nigerians should see the recession as an opportunity to go into businesses, the media should support small businesses to grow and in view of your pivotal role in generating the necessary awareness as well as being an important plank for the continuing survival of the several medium, small and micro enterprises, there is need for media professionals to be trained so you can better appreciate the role of the media in projecting the activities of the coalition.”