The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) plans to create 444,000 direct jobs and an additional 1,776,000 indirect jobs from the training of 300 youths per state over the next three years.

A statement by the head of the Corporate Affairs unit of the agency Ibrahim Mohammed, said this is under the National Business Skills Development Initiative (NBSDI) programme designed to support the entrepreneurship component of the National Industrial Skills Development Programme (NISDP), a tripartite intervention by SMEDAN, ITF and BOI.

As part of the NBSDI programme, the agency has trained 11,000 artisans and youths in the 36 states of the federation and the federal capital territory this year.

During the five days training programme, the youths were trained  on personal and Business Visioning, Business Plan Development, Identification of Business Opportunities, Selling and Marketing strategies, Accessing Business Finance, Customer care and Legal and Regulatory Issues.

The statement quoted  the Director, Enterprise Development and Promotion department of the Agency Mr. Monday Ewans,  as saying that the programme focuses on providing entrepreneurship and business management skills to the trained artisans so that they can sustain their businesses over a longer period of time.

Mr. Ewans said that the Agency developed and delivered need-based entrepreneurship training curriculum that would help the participants to prepare bankable business plans that the Agency would submit and follow up with the Bank of Industry (BOI) and the Central Bank of Nigeria to help access Agri-Business/Small and Medium Enterprises Investment Scheme loan (AGSMEIS).

Source: Daily Trust