The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria, (SMEDAN) has commenced the first batch of training and empowerment of youths under the entrepreneurship and vocational components of the National Business Skills Development Initiative (NBSDI).
A statement from the Corporate Affairs Unit of the agency stated that a total number of 1015youths, that is 145 each drawn from the North-West zone comprising of Sokoto, Kano, Katsina, Jigawa, Kebbi, Kaduna and Zamfara states will be trained in Personal and Business Vision, Business Plan, Identification of Business Opportunities, Selling and Marketing Strategies, Accessing Business Finance, Customer Care and Legal Regulatory Issues.
The statement further highlighted that the vocational trainings to be impacted on the youths are Fashion Design and Tailoring, Leather Works, Photography, Hair Dressing, Block/Brick making, GSM Repairs, Makeup and Tilling.
The Director of Enterprises Development and Promotion of SMEDAN, Mazi Monday Ewans stated that the programme was one of the agency’s capital projects aimed at imbibing the spirit of entrepreneurship and empowering the youths of the country. He said the agency was determined and committed to training Nigerian youths for them to be self-reliant adding the vocational skills and empowerment was an added advantage as SMEDAN will do all in its power to train and empower Nigerian youths.
He commended the Director-General of SMEDAN, Dr. Dikko Umaru Radda for throwing his weight behind this initiative, which has gone a long way in impacting positively on Nigerian youths.