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Raw Materials SMEs Based Clusters
In its sustained effort of catalyzing industrial and economic growth, the Council in 2012 initiated the Raw Materials-based SME Cluster programme to co-coordinate all the cluster development activities. The cluster programme is aimed at stimulating the emergence of at least one raw material-based cluster in each of the 774 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the Country
It is worthy to note that the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology (FMST) has adopted the cluster concept as a national development strategy and expanded the programme to include the grassroots under the Federal Government Ward-Based Cluster Program (WBCP). The aim is to deploy the developed technologies by the parastatals under the Ministry to ensure the emergence of raw material clusters in all the 9,555 wards of the country.
The 1st phase of the WBCP had 9 pilot wards selected across the Federation to act as nuclei for the proliferation of related cluster activities based on the proof of conception order to set the stage for its replication in other wards by stakeholders, particularly, the private sector operators.
The cluster programme is to achieve the following:
- Promote value chain industrial development of the abundant locally available raw materials across the country.
- Enhance partnership and collaboration between industry, knowledge centers and entrepreneurs for increased productivity and competitiveness.
- Create employment opportunities and economic empowerment at the grassroots level as well as mitigate rural urban migration.
- Expedite the utilization of local raw materials as industrial input.
In the last four years, Council promoted and supported the following clusters in different locations in the country:
• Leather cluster, Kano
• Cassava Processing, Umuahia
• Spices Cluster, Federal University of Technology, Owerri
• Talc Processing cluster, Kagara
• Mushroom Cluster
• Kaolin Processing Cluster
• Milk Collection Centre Yola
• Sericulture Cluster, Ado Ekiti
• Cashew processing Cluster, Kogi, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ikakumo Ondo State.
• Fruit juice project, Kaduna
• Phosphate processing Cluster, Sokoto
• Moringa processing, Clusters
• Melon Shelling Cluster, Lafiya, Nasarawa State
The Council, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment, NASSI, NASENI, BOI, BOA, SMEDAN and MAN, jointly organized a National Summit on 22nd January 2015, to educate the stakeholders on the benefits of promoting the emergence of SME-based clusters as a platform for rapid rural development.
The impact of the SMEs-based Cluster programme has created 150,000 jobs.