ABUJA – The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) will conduct a survey of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) between December 10 and 22 to determine their contribution to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
This is contained in a statement jointly issued by the NBS and the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) in Abuja on Monday.
The statement was signed by the Head, Business and Enterprises Division, NBS, Mr Ademola Adegbie and Head, Public-Private-Partnership, SMEDAN, Dr Friday Okpara.
It stated that the survey would also reveal the contribution to employment and determine the number of MSMEs in Nigeria on geo-political and sectoral basis.
“The survey will identify the challenges and constraints confronting the operations of MSMEs in Nigeria; identify the skill gaps within the sector and determine the growth rate of MSMEs, among others.
“MSMEs are key to the development of any country, In particular, they promote inclusive growth in an economy by providing employment to a large number of people.
“It is for this reason that the NBS and Small and SMEDAN are collaborating to conduct another round of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Survey in Nigeria,’’ it stated.
According to the statement, the survey is to furnish the government and other stakeholders with useful information with which to make appropriate policies toward promoting and developing MSMEs.
It stated that the survey was meant to re-assess the impact of government policies and programmes since the last exercise was conducted in 2011.
The survey, according to the statement, will cover the 36 states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
“NBS and SMEDAN officers will be in the field to collect data for the survey from December 10 to December 22, 2014.’’
The statement solicited the cooperation of relevant stakeholders toward the success of the exercise.