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Unemployment inevitable if government fails to support MSMEs – Commissioner

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The Commissioner for Commerce has stated that government’s failure to support SMEs will increase poverty and insecurity in the State.

Mrs. Lola Akande, Lagos State Commissioner for Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives, has expressed that it is basic for the public authority to help SMEs, as inability to do so would prompt a monstrous occupation misfortune and expansion in neediness and instability.

As indicated by a news report by NAN, Mrs. Lola Akande, spoke to by Mrs Helen Adesina, Director of Commerce in the service, offered this expression at the Annual Seminar of the Small and Medium Enterprises Group (SMEG) of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) on Thursday, labeled “Situating SMEs for Growth in the New Normal”.

Mrs. Helen Adesina uncovered that the significance of MSMEs in any economy can not be overemphasized as they represent 66% of worldwide work and half of GDP, she said SMEs make occupations and put food on people groups’ table.

As MSMEs are as of now confronted with difficulties of income, rivalry from bigger organizations, non-existent economies of scale in crude materials sourcing, it is basic for the public authority to help SMEs, as inability to do so would prompt loss of business, and a remarkable expansion in destitution and frailty.

Mrs. Toki Mabogunje, the President of LCCI, likewise clarified that one of the most key moves towards reflating the country’s economy is supporting SMEs. She said that thoughts on techniques that would help position little and medium business administrators for economical development in the new ordinary ought to be advanced.

She recognized the intercessions by the financial and money related sides of experts in padding the effect of the pandemic on the business network.

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Mrs. Lola Akande, spoke to by Mrs. Helen Adesina, stated:

“The significance of MSMEs in any economy is difficult to be overemphasized, as they represent 66% of worldwide work and half of GDP. SMEs make occupations and put food on people groups’ tables. Tragically, SMEs are especially powerless to collapsing up because of the COVID and post-COVID monetary circumstance.

“These organizations were at that point confronted with difficulties of income, rivalry from bigger organizations, non-existent economies of scale in crude materials sourcing, advertising, deals and dispersion, just as, an absence of important administrative aptitudes and talented representatives.

“Inability to reinforce these weak SMEs with essential devices to defeat this new ordinary will prompt loss of work, a decrease in the spending intensity of the normal resident and at last, a dramatic expansion in neediness and uncertainty.”

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FinRik Launches Ankara, to Enable Entrepreneurs Manage their Service-Based Businesses and Access FinRik Line of Credit (FinRik LOC)

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FinRik is set to launch Ankara, a business suit software to enable service-based businesses manage and track projects, tasks, invoices, quotations, leads, customers, and transactions as well as access FinRik’s unsecured loan facility, FinRik LOC.

While service-based businesses have been making significant traction over time globally, there has been lacking, an effective tool to help entrepreneurs keep strategic records of their operations. ‘ We are on our way to disbursing N100,000,000 unsecured loans to several product-based businesses currently building on FinRik shop. However, a variety of service-based businesses are maligned because we can’t subject their past and financial records to cursory analysis. However, with Ankara Suite, freelancers including service-based business owners, can now effortlessly document their operations to enable them to do business better and become eligible for FinRik Line of Credit (LOC).

Ankara Suit will enable more businesses to access debt financing as well as our unsecured loan facility’ said Segun Awoniyi, Founder & CEO FinRik, Klama, FinRik LOC, and Ankara. Several service-based business owners have testified to not having access to effective record and book-keeping facilities.

Over time, this lapse has shortened the shelf life of many businesses via numerous channels. Because FinRik shop has an inbuilt inventory system, entrepreneurs who sell their products thereon, can easily quantify their sales over protracted periods of time and apply for loans however, content writers, graphic designers, plumbers, coaches, consultants, tutors, bricklayers, amongst others can’t say the same.

Nevertheless, Ankara now allows service-based business owners to record their finances and manage their business operations so that they can at a glance, vocalize their monthly recurring revenue, annual recurring revenue, leads, the total number of paying users, and other statistics as required.

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Chowopa wants to change the way we order meals!

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At 17 Anthony was building WordPress websites for people, months before he launched a marketplace where vendors meet prospective buys, fast forward to now, still building but in a much more mature way! Anthony was like starting that early made me face some challenges that were abit above my age but learnt, and I’m using that to build better now!On a cold night in August 2021, after coding all day Anthony was hungry, but couldn’t get a place to order food, nobody was willing to make the runs, he went to bed hungry, the next day he had to leave the comfort of his off campus hostel to get a meal, a walk he saw as a big waste of time.

After a Friday lecture, Anthony was talking to himself “Omo another day to start looking for restaurant” when a friend said it out loud, the topic unexpectedly lead to a loud conversation with everyone recommending a restaurant some are too far , some expensive some are sold out, this was a wake up call to Anthony who went ahead to start building Chowopa that weekend! The rest they say is history.Chowopa (a subsidiary forMaax’s store) is an online fooddelivery service that connects youto restaurants around your location bringing the best mealswithin your reach. The software makes it Pretty easy you gain access to various cuisinesthrough Chowopa platform.order for the food of yourchoice and get it delivered toYou on payment.

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A tech school, FinRik Institute of Technology is launching in Port Harcourt

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The epic change in the way we live in the last 60 years can be credited to tech and has it stands, the influence of technology in the way we live is not stopping, the demand for software engineers is expected to grow by 22% between 2020 and 2030, according to a report by the U.S Bureau of Labor statistics, the top ten largest companies in the world are dominated by tech companies.Despite the loads of negatives that the COVID pandemic brought with it, it gave remote work a much needed validation, and one would be disillusioned to say the high rate of migration of software engineers in recent month has being at a peak, most leaving local tech companies for much bigger ones, yes! This move comes with alot of perks, it’s safe to say we have a shortage of talent in Africa! That is what FinRik Institute of Technology is trying to solve, according to the firm’s crunchbase, bio it stated clearly “FinRik Institute of Technology is an Offline Tech Shool for acquiring in-demand tech skills with a supportive community to help people find their bearing in tech with the numerous opportunities it brings.”

Despite engineers leaving in droves, new tech startups keep springing up daily, with a lot of people ready to get on the ship but as low as the barrier of entry of tech is, there is no real pathway to help usher in newbies that just pivoted to the industry, a problem FIT Port Harcourt aim to solve, by making sure newbies become market ready in less than 12 months. The school’s programme will commence by April and according to their website, they have five faculties, School of software engineering, School of product, Robotics and game development, School of Design, School of Data engineering.

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