SMEDAN trains 90 entrepreneurs in Anambra

SMEDAN trains 90 entrepreneurs in Anambra

By Chimezie Anaso, Awka.


The Small And Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) has commenced training for 90 young entrepreneurs, under its National Business Skills Development Initiative (NBSDI), in Anambra State.


The Director-General of SMEDAN, Mr Wale Fasanya, inaugurated the five-day training in Awka on Wednesday.


Fasanya, represented by Mrs Fatima Shaibu, Deputy Director, Entrepreneurship Development and Promotion, SMEDAN, said that the programme was designed to provide entrepreneurship skills, vocational skills and empowerment materials and equipment to the beneficiaries.


He said that the NBSDI particularly enhanced youth engagement in productive ventures, thereby ensuring they earned income through filling the artisanal gap in Nigeria.


According to Fasanya, the programme seeks to pursue a drastic reduction in dependency poverty, as most of the out-of-school youths who still rely on stipends from parents, are empowered to become self-reliant.


“The initiative is designed to ensure that more professional services will be provided by local and well-trained young artisans, leading to a reduction in job losses to immigrants from neighbouring countries.


“This programme is being implemented in all the states of the federation and FCT.


“A total of 3,330 entrepreneurs will be impacted with entrepreneurship skills, vocational skills and empowerment materials, at the rate of 90 entrepreneurs per state and the FCT,” he said.


The director-general thanked Gov. Chukwuma Soludo for the support which the agency had received from the Anambra State Government under his administration.


In his remark, the Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Dr Obinna Ngonadi, thanked the Federal Government for supporting small and medium entrepreneurs, while urging the beneficiaries to take advantage of the training and the start-up capital they would get.


Ngonadi said that the programme was in line with the objective of the Soludo-administration to set up 2,000 small businesses every year.


He noted that SMEs provided employment for up to 80 per cent of the nation’s workforce.

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