Tuesday, December 7

FG flag-off national business skills in Imo to empower 145 youths

By:  Ikechukwu Iweajunwa, Owerri

Federal Governmet, through Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency (SMEDAN) on Tuesday in Owerri, flagged off National Business Skills Development Initiative (NBSDI) aimed at training and empowering 145 youths across the state.

Director General of SMEDAN Dr Dikko Radda said at the flag-off that the program was designed to serve as COVID-19 support program to help Nigerian youths.

The DG, represented by the Deputy Director Enterprise Development and Promotion Chibuzor Osuoha added that the program would help to boost the economy, create wealth and make youths less dependent on governmet employment.

“As you may be aware, the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) is a critical sub-sector in the Nigerian economy, they collectively accounts for a majority of the enterprises in the country.

“It also account for the highest number of jobs created in the economy, the most recent MSME survey revealed that there are 41,540,028 MSMEs, employing 59,647,954 Nigerians.

“The statistics shows that  MSMEs employed  76. 5 Per cent of the Nigerian workforce and contributing 49.78 and 7.64 Per cent of Nigerian nominal GDP and export respectively”, he said.

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He said if properly harnessed, MSMEs can trigger an entrepreneurial revolution in industry, agriculture and comemerce in Nigeria.

He said the agency developed NBSDI to support MSMEs, which he said was aimed at providing entrepreneurship skills, vocational skills and provisions of employment material.

Radda said at the end of the program, the expected outcome would be improved business management practice, improved service provision by trained artisans, improved access to financial, equipment and other business resource among others.

The DG noted that beneficiaries of the training would be empowered through provision of equipments in their various training, ranging from fashion design, barbin among others.

He further disclosed that the agency was implementing the Conditional Grant Scheme (CGC) for micro enterprises in Nigeria.

Permanent Secretary Ministry of Comemerce and Industry Mr Gill Nnah commended SMEDAN for the laudable program.

He advised the beneficiaries of the program to seize the opportunity to enhance self development and to become employer of labor.

He appealed to SMEDAN to rollout more youth oriented programs in Imo to help capture and engage more youths. 

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