SMEDAN empowers 90 entrepreneurs with work equipment in Ogun

SMEDAN empowers 90 entrepreneurs with work equipment in Ogun

By Joy Akinsanya, Abeokuta.


The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) has empowered 90 entrepreneurs, who are engaged in fashion, make-up and laundry services, with work equipment in Ogun.


Mr Olawale Fasanya, the Director-General, SMEDAN, disclosed this on Friday in Abeokuta at the closing ceremony of a five-day National Business Skills Development Initiative (NBSDI).


Fasanya, who was represented by Mrs Funto Babaride, the Chief Enterprise Officer, SMEDAN, said that the aim of the programme was to eradicate poverty and reduce unemployment rate in the country.


He noted that in a bid to support the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in a practical way, the agency developed the National Business Skills Development Initiative (NBSDI).


Also speaking, Mr Kehinde Akintomide, Director, Industrial Promotion, Ogun State Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, commended the Federal Government and SMEDAN for their support in vocational and entrepreneurial development.


Akintomide expressed joy over the support SMEDAN had given in addressing the challenges confronting MSMEs in Nigeria.


He said that the state government would continue to support and create an enabling environment for MSMEs.


Mr Abiodun Awoniyi, the State Manager, SMEDAN, Ogun, said that the essence of providing vocational skills and empowerment equipment was to promote youth engagement in productive ventures and create jobs.


Awoniyi said that 90 beneficiaries, who were involved in three different vocations, were exposed to entrepreneurial skills to ensure profitable business.


He explained that 69 fashion designers got industrial sewing machines, 10 make-up artists received make-up box tools, while 10 providers of laundry services got 10 washing machines and pressing iron.


Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mrs Funmilayo Obadina thanked the management of SMEDAN for the kind gesture towards them, saying that they were delighted to be trained and supported with equipment.

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