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Fg Targets 140,970 Jobs Under New Skill Acquisition Programme – Smedan

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Agricultural economics and extension
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The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of
Nigeria (SMEDAN) says the implementation of the Vocational
Entrepreneurship and Empowerment Programme will create
140,970 direct jobs across 18 states of the federation.
Dr Dikki Raddo, Director General, SMEDAN, made the
assertion during the opening of the three-day training
programme organised by the agency for unemployed youths in
Port Harcourt on Wednesday.
Raddo, represented by Mrs Ime Andy, an Assistant Director in
the agency, said the programme was designed to equip
unemployed Nigerians with skills to enable them to open
businesses and employ others.
He said that the programme would generate additional 563,
880 indirect jobs in the country from the training of artisans
annually in the benefitting states over the next three years.
“The training targets to provide vocational skills and
empowerment to beneficiaries in tailoring, hairdressing and
GSM (phone) repairs.
“The programme targets mostly artisans, those who have the
skills but don’t have the tool kit to start and grow their
businesses.
“The trainees will receive refresher tips to enable them to grow
and add value to their well being and economy of the
country,” he said.
Raddo said that 127 trainees were expected to participate in
the exercise in Rivers, while the same number of beneficiaries
would participate in 10 other states.
The director general said that SMEDAN, under the Federal
Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, would also mentor
the beneficiaries to run their businesses at the end of the
exercise.
“So, at the end of the training, we will present sewing
machines to the tailors; dryers to the hairdressers; and tool
kits to the phone repairers.
“The programme is expected to create 140,970 direct jobs to
Nigerians at the end of the exercise.
“The whole essence of the training programme is to ensure
the growth of local contents in the country,” he added.
On her part, Mrs Clara Nwankpa, Rivers’ Commissioner for
Commerce and Industry, thanked the Federal Government for
its commitment to training youths in the state.
He said that Gov. Nyesom Wike had prioritised job creation
and empowerment of youths in the developmental agenda of
his administration.
“So, we urge the participants to make judicious use of this rare
opportunity to better their lives, families and the society at
large,” she advised the beneficiaries.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mrs Tamuno Boma,
thanked SMEDAN for ensuring the selection process for the
participants was fair and transparent, and urged government
to expand the programme. (NAN)

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