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SMEDAN TRAINS 90 PARTICIPANTS IN ZAMFARA, CAUTIONS THEM AGAINST SELLING OF STARTER KITS 

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SMEDAN TRAINS 90 PARTICIPANTS IN ZAMFARA, CAUTIONS THEM AGAINST SELLING OF STARTER KITS 

The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) has on Monday flagged off two weeks vocational training for 90 unemployed youths and women in Zamfara.

The agency similarly cautioned the participants to avoid selling of starter kits to be given to them after the training.

The training was organised under National Business Skills Development Initiative (NBSDI) programme of the agency.

Speaking while flagging off the training, the Director General of the Agency, Mr Olawale Fasanya said the training is taking place in all seven states in the North Western region.

Fasanya represented by the Assistant Chief Enterprise Officer, Enterprise Development and Promotion Department of the agency, Mr Ishaq Hamis said the training is one of the SMEDAN activities to facilitate the development of Small and Medium Scales Enterprises (SMEs) in the country.

SMEDAN TRAINS 90 PARTICIPANTS IN ZAMFARA, CAUTIONS THEM AGAINST SELLING OF STARTER KITS 

“We learned from many programmes of the agency that after the training the beneficieries sell all the empowerment tools given to them by the agency.

“After this training, we are going to support you with starter kits.

“I am calling on you to avoid selling or misusing them.

“Let’s utilize the equipments to be given to you so that in future you would be able to expand your businesses for you to be employers of labour in future”, The DG SMEDAN said.

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He said the programme is aim to support youths that have the initiatives but they don’t have the equipments and resources.

“Following the outcome of the need assessment conducted in this state by the agency, we were able to identify three skills for this training.

“The identified skills were

Tailoring/Passion Design, Catering Services and Handsets Repairs.

“We were able to select 90 participants from across the 14 local government areas of the state. he added.

He called on the participants to pay attention and utilize the empowerment tools to be given to them after the training.

In his remarks, the State Commissioner of Commerce and Industry, Yazid Danfulani commended the agency for the training.

Danfulani represented by the Director Industry, Zamfara State Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Muntari Garba said the state government welcome the gesture as it would help in reducing unemployment among youths in the state

“On behalf of the state government under the leadership of Gov. Bello Matawalle, we are ready to continue to partner with the agency to promote small and medium scale enterprises in the state”, the Commissioner added.

The Head of Zamfara SMEDAN office, Malam Sanusi Bello appreciated the agency for organizing the training in the state.

Bello noted that the agency have reduced reasonable percentage of unemployment among youths in the state through various initiated programmes.

In a goodwill message, Deputy State Chairman, National Association of Small Scale Industries, Sanusi Muhammad said training will promote production and adding value to local products.

Muhammad commended SMEDAN and state government for their collaboration in building future of the participants.

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