The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), has begun training for the first batch of youths under the entrepreneurship and vocational components of the National Business Skills Development Initiative (NBSDI).
In a statement from the Corporate Affairs Unit of the agency, a total number of 1,015 youths, with 145 each drawn from the States of the North-West zone comprising of Sokoto, Kano, Katsina, Jigawa, Kebbi, Kaduna and Zamfara will benefit.
The beneficiaries 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 added that the vocational training, which stated on Monday, December 6, 2021, will inculcate Fashion Design and Tailoring, Leather Works, Photography, Hair Dressing, Block/Brick making, GSM Repairs, Make Up and Tilling in the trainees.
The Director of Enterprises Development and Promotion, SMEDAN, Mazi Monday Ewans, stated that the programme was one of the agency’s capital project aimed at imbibing the spirit of entrepreneurship and empowering the youths of the country.
He said the agency was determined and committed to train Nigerian youths for them to be self-reliant, adding that 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 the initiative, which has gone a long way in impacting positively on Nigeria youths.