SMEDAN impacts Entrepreneurial Training on 10,000 youths
The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) has last week impacted entrepreneurial training on the 10,000 youths trained by the Industrial Training Fund, (ITF) in technical and vocational skills in 19 states and Abuja the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The training was fallout of an existing tripartite collaboration between SMEDAN, ITF and the Bank of Industry (BoI) to provide Entrepreneurship and vocational skills training as well as finance to Nigerian youths under the National Industrial Skills Development Programme (NISDP), a subset of the National Enterprise Development Programme (NEDEP).
In his speech at the graduation ceremony of the trainees, being the batch of 2016 NIDSP held in Gwagwalada, the Director General of SMEDAN, Dr. Dikko Umaru Radda who was represented by the Director Engineering, Technology and Innovation, Engineer Abu Ozigi said the programme was to build a bridge over the gap that existed between employers and job seekers, just as he added that the various skills they have acquired were in consonance with the priority sectors needed to rejuvenate the economy and help in boosting of made in Nigeria campaign.
The graduates graduated from agri-business, fabrication, information communication technology, wood-work, building technology, electrical and electronics. Others were leather work, textile, garment, fashion designing, hospitality business, among others.
Radda however advised the participants to put into practice what they learnt and build on it by seeking business advice at any of the agency’s offices across the country. He said the basic information and knowledge required to kick-start and manage a successful business was provided for the participants. He also promised that the Agency would link them up with credible partners and mentors that will impact positively on their proposed businesses, stating that the Agency would soon commence open air business clinics where all regulatory agencies would be present to diagnose and solve most of the teething problems that confront would-be and existing entrepreneurs.
The Director General of the Industrial Training Fund, ITF, Sir, Joseph Ari was represented at the ceremony by Malam Usman Gaji, the ITF Area Manager, Abuja Area Office.
In his address, Alhaji Shaban Audu, the Etsu of Kwali, advised the participants to be good ambassadors of change in the areas where they lived. He said if the country can address unemployment and youth restiveness, there would be a better Nigeria. The traditional ruler urged the participants to develop themselves to better their lives and contribute to the development of the country.