The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), in partnership with the Nasarawa State Government, has begun an entrepreneurship training for 70 teachers in Nasarawa State.
Dr Dikko Radda, Director-General of SMEDAN, who spoke at the onset of the three-day training on Tuesday in Lafia, said that the programme was aimed at stimulating the culture of entrepreneurship in schools.
Radda said that the programme was carefully designed to guide the teachers on how to tutor the pupils/students in entrepreneurial schemes.
The director-general who was represented by Charity Abbah, North-Central Coordinator of SMEDAN, explained that it was a train-the-trainer programme that was meant to be stepped down to the students.
Radda said that the agency initiated the programme to prepare the young ones to start engaging in life-changing projects, rather than waiting endlessly for job opportunities.
He said that the agency was optimistic that the programme would go a long way in actualising the Federal Government’s plans to lift more than 100 million citizens out of poverty.
He, therefore, urged the state government to take ownership of the programme and step it down to all primary and secondary schools across the state.
Responding, Gov. Abdullahi Sule commended the efforts of SMEDAN in the partnership to train teachers in entrepreneurial skills, with the view to curbing poverty, unemployment and youth restiveness.
He described the programme as apt and in line with the state government’s development policies, as enunciated in Nasarawa State Economic Development Strategy.
He said that the government would continue to give priority to human capital development through huge investment in the education sector.
He urged all the participants to take the training seriously and step it down to pupils and students in their respective schools.
Earlier, Hajiya Fatu Sabo, the State Commissioner of Education, Science and Technology, expressed the government’s determination to partner with any group that was interested in inculcating skills in the people.
Sabo said that the 70 teachers were drawn from private and public schools across the 13 local government areas of the state.
According to her, education is a priority of the state government.
Sabo said the state government had allocated 26 per cent of its 2020 budget and 31 per cent in the proposed 2021 budget to the education sector, in compliance with UNESCO’s recommendations.