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  •   SMEDAN trains soldiers wives on entrepreneurial skills in Lagos Third The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria SMEDAN in partnership with the Nigerian Army Officers Wives Association NAOWA on Tuesday started a two day training on capacity building for NAOWA members During the programme tagged Institutional support for NAOWA which was holding at the Military Cantonment Ojo Lagos State SMEDAN promised to give grants to NAOWA members to start their own businesses The Director General D G SMEDAN Mr Olawale Fasanya while speaking on the purpose of the workshop said that the training was designed to enhance the capacity of NAOWA members in the state The capacity building workshop is aimed at forging a formidable collaboration that will make a significant impact on the welfare and well being of members It is to empower wives of our gallant officers both standing and fallen heroes especially those at the lowest rung of the ladder He said that the programme would strengthen the capacity and sharpened the skills of members as regards to how they could manage and run their businesses We will help members grow their businesess and those who are not doing anything we will assist them in starting a business The programme is not only on capacity building at the end the wives of the officers will be given some grants to enable them manage their businesses well The training will help create jobs and reduce poverty among our officers wives Fasanya was represented by Dr Friday Okpara the Director in charge of Partnership and Coordination of the agency The National President of NAOWA Mrs Salamatu Yahaya in her address urged her members to see the empowerment as a leverage to carve out a niche to becoming successful entrepreneurs and inspirational business women to others She said It is a fact that when you empower a woman you have empowered the whole family The programme is coming at the right time given the challenging situation in our dear country it will help curb poverty Having appropriate business skills will raise our standard of living and productivity Yahaya was represented by the Acting Chairperson 81 Division Lagos State Mrs Laraban Ben Onyeuko She thanked the D G of SMEDAN for considering her members worthy beneficiaries of SMEDAN s Institutional Support Programme for Micro Small and Medium Enterprises MSMEs In an interview with Onyeuko she said the programme would assist women in the barracks to be comfortable The training will teach our women how to do businesses and how to improve on them Women are the front burner of every household we must be doing something to support our husbands We will be empowered with accounting skill and how to turn our one kobo to one naira According to her in the next few years women in the barracks will become millionaires NewsSourceCredit NAN
    SMEDAN trains soldiers’ wives on entrepreneurial skills in Lagos
      SMEDAN trains soldiers wives on entrepreneurial skills in Lagos Third The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria SMEDAN in partnership with the Nigerian Army Officers Wives Association NAOWA on Tuesday started a two day training on capacity building for NAOWA members During the programme tagged Institutional support for NAOWA which was holding at the Military Cantonment Ojo Lagos State SMEDAN promised to give grants to NAOWA members to start their own businesses The Director General D G SMEDAN Mr Olawale Fasanya while speaking on the purpose of the workshop said that the training was designed to enhance the capacity of NAOWA members in the state The capacity building workshop is aimed at forging a formidable collaboration that will make a significant impact on the welfare and well being of members It is to empower wives of our gallant officers both standing and fallen heroes especially those at the lowest rung of the ladder He said that the programme would strengthen the capacity and sharpened the skills of members as regards to how they could manage and run their businesses We will help members grow their businesess and those who are not doing anything we will assist them in starting a business The programme is not only on capacity building at the end the wives of the officers will be given some grants to enable them manage their businesses well The training will help create jobs and reduce poverty among our officers wives Fasanya was represented by Dr Friday Okpara the Director in charge of Partnership and Coordination of the agency The National President of NAOWA Mrs Salamatu Yahaya in her address urged her members to see the empowerment as a leverage to carve out a niche to becoming successful entrepreneurs and inspirational business women to others She said It is a fact that when you empower a woman you have empowered the whole family The programme is coming at the right time given the challenging situation in our dear country it will help curb poverty Having appropriate business skills will raise our standard of living and productivity Yahaya was represented by the Acting Chairperson 81 Division Lagos State Mrs Laraban Ben Onyeuko She thanked the D G of SMEDAN for considering her members worthy beneficiaries of SMEDAN s Institutional Support Programme for Micro Small and Medium Enterprises MSMEs In an interview with Onyeuko she said the programme would assist women in the barracks to be comfortable The training will teach our women how to do businesses and how to improve on them Women are the front burner of every household we must be doing something to support our husbands We will be empowered with accounting skill and how to turn our one kobo to one naira According to her in the next few years women in the barracks will become millionaires NewsSourceCredit NAN
    SMEDAN trains soldiers’ wives on entrepreneurial skills in Lagos
    Defence/Security4 months ago

    SMEDAN trains soldiers’ wives on entrepreneurial skills in Lagos

    SMEDAN trains soldiers’ wives on entrepreneurial skills in Lagos    Third The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) in partnership  with the  Nigerian Army Officers Wives Association (NAOWA) on Tuesday started a two-day training  on capacity building for NAOWA members.

    During the  programme tagged: Institutional support for NAOWA  which was holding  at the Military Cantonment, Ojo, Lagos State, SMEDAN promised to give  grants to NAOWA  members to start their own businesses.

    The Director-General (D-G) SMEDAN, Mr Olawale Fasanya, while speaking on the purpose of the workshop said that the training was designed to enhance the capacity of NAOWA members in the state.

    “The capacity building workshop is aimed  at forging a formidable collaboration that will make a significant impact on the welfare and well-being of members.

    “It is to empower wives of our gallant officers both standing and fallen heroes, especially, those at the lowest rung of the ladder.

    ” He said that the programme would strengthen the capacity and sharpened the skills of members as regards to how they could  manage and run their businesses.

    “We will help members grow their businesess and those who are not doing anything, we will assist them in starting a business.

    “The programme is not only on capacity building, at the end, the wives of the officers will be given some grants to enable them manage their businesses well.

    “The training will help create jobs and reduce poverty among our officers’ wives.

    ” Fasanya was represented by Dr. Friday Okpara, the Director in charge of Partnership and Coordination of the agency.

    The National President of NAOWA, Mrs Salamatu Yahaya, in her address urged her members to see the empowerment as a leverage to carve out a niche to becoming  successful entrepreneurs and  inspirational business women to others.

    She said, ” It is a fact that when you empower a woman, you have empowered the whole family.

    “The programme is coming at the right time given the challenging situation in our dear country, it will help curb poverty.

    “Having appropriate business skills will raise our standard of living and productivity.

    ” Yahaya was represented by the Acting Chairperson, 81 Division, Lagos State, Mrs Laraban Ben-Onyeuko.

    She thanked the D-G of SMEDAN for considering her members worthy beneficiaries of SMEDAN’s Institutional Support Programme for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).

    In an interview with Onyeuko, she said the programme would assist women in the barracks to be comfortable.

    “The training will teach our women how to do businesses and how to improve on them.

    “Women are the front burner of every household, we must be doing something to support our husbands.

    “We will be empowered with accounting skill and how to turn our one kobo to one naira.

    ” According to her, in the next few years, women in the barracks will become  millionaires.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria SMEDAN has begun a five day training and empowerment for 90 women and youth in Ebonyi on entrepreneurship skills The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the ongoing training is under the SMEDAN s National Business Skills Development Initiative NBSDI Mr Olawale Fasanya Director General of the Agency said at the official opening of the training on Tuesday in Abakaliki that the programme was being implemented in all the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory FCT Fasanya represented by Monday Ewans Director of Enterprise and Development Promotions of the agency said the training was to empower and promote business skills in the country The Director General noted that the 90 participants in Ebonyi were drawn from the 13 local government areas of the state He said the programme was also to support the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises MSMEs in the most practical way across states of the federation According to Fasanya the programme is in three parts entrepreneurship vocational skills and empowerment The major focus are on GSM Repairing Tailoring Catering hairdressing and makeup amongst others After the training the participants wil be empowered with equipment and materials to start their chosen businesses and improve on it The participants will be impacted with entrepreneurship Skills vocational SKills and empowerment materials In South East geo political zone a total of 450 Entrepreneurs will be impacted In Ebonyi 90 persons are engaged in fashion leather works and GSM repairs he added The Director General appreciated the State Government s support under the leadership of Gov David Umahi Mrs Ann Aligwe the state Commissioner for Human Development commended the federal government for putting up the entrepreneur skills programme Aligwe urged the trainees to be focused in order to build and improve their business skills On business development the Commissioner urged the federal government to deepen campaign in all states to improve job creation We need mega empowerment package the government should do more by increasing number of participants in any training for Ebonyi people she advised One of the beneficiaries Mariah Onwukwe lauded SMEDAN for exposing them to modern skills for business and pledged to utilize what she would learn NAN reports that the five day programme would end on Saturday NewsSourceCredit NAN
    SMEDAN empower 90 Ebonyi women, youths on entrepreneurial skills, funds
     The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria SMEDAN has begun a five day training and empowerment for 90 women and youth in Ebonyi on entrepreneurship skills The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the ongoing training is under the SMEDAN s National Business Skills Development Initiative NBSDI Mr Olawale Fasanya Director General of the Agency said at the official opening of the training on Tuesday in Abakaliki that the programme was being implemented in all the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory FCT Fasanya represented by Monday Ewans Director of Enterprise and Development Promotions of the agency said the training was to empower and promote business skills in the country The Director General noted that the 90 participants in Ebonyi were drawn from the 13 local government areas of the state He said the programme was also to support the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises MSMEs in the most practical way across states of the federation According to Fasanya the programme is in three parts entrepreneurship vocational skills and empowerment The major focus are on GSM Repairing Tailoring Catering hairdressing and makeup amongst others After the training the participants wil be empowered with equipment and materials to start their chosen businesses and improve on it The participants will be impacted with entrepreneurship Skills vocational SKills and empowerment materials In South East geo political zone a total of 450 Entrepreneurs will be impacted In Ebonyi 90 persons are engaged in fashion leather works and GSM repairs he added The Director General appreciated the State Government s support under the leadership of Gov David Umahi Mrs Ann Aligwe the state Commissioner for Human Development commended the federal government for putting up the entrepreneur skills programme Aligwe urged the trainees to be focused in order to build and improve their business skills On business development the Commissioner urged the federal government to deepen campaign in all states to improve job creation We need mega empowerment package the government should do more by increasing number of participants in any training for Ebonyi people she advised One of the beneficiaries Mariah Onwukwe lauded SMEDAN for exposing them to modern skills for business and pledged to utilize what she would learn NAN reports that the five day programme would end on Saturday NewsSourceCredit NAN
    SMEDAN empower 90 Ebonyi women, youths on entrepreneurial skills, funds
    Economy4 months ago

    SMEDAN empower 90 Ebonyi women, youths on entrepreneurial skills, funds

    The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) has begun a five-day training and empowerment for 90 women and youth in Ebonyi on entrepreneurship skills.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the ongoing training is under the SMEDAN’s National Business Skills Development Initiative (NBSDI).Mr Olawale Fasanya, Director-General of the Agency, said at the official opening of the training on Tuesday, in Abakaliki that the programme was being implemented in all the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).Fasanya, represented by Monday Ewans, Director of Enterprise and Development Promotions of the agency, said the training was to empower and promote business skills in the country.The Director-General noted that the 90 participants in Ebonyi were drawn from the 13 local government areas of the state.He said the programme was also to support the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the most practical way across states of the federation.According to Fasanya, the programme is in three parts: entrepreneurship, vocational skills and empowerment.“The major focus are on GSM Repairing, Tailoring, Catering, hairdressing and makeup amongst others.“After the training, the participants wil be empowered with equipment and materials to start their chosen businesses and improve on it “The participants will be impacted with entrepreneurship Skills, vocational SKills and empowerment materials.“In South East geo-political zone, a total of 450 Entrepreneurs will be impacted.In Ebonyi, 90 persons are engaged in fashion, leather works and GSM repairs,” he added.The Director-General appreciated the State Government’s support, under the  leadership of Gov. David Umahi.Mrs Ann Aligwe, the state Commissioner for Human Development, commended the federal government for putting up the entrepreneur skills programme.Aligwe urged the trainees to be focused in order to build and improve their business skills.On business development, the Commissioner urged the federal government to deepen campaign in all states to improve job creation.“We need mega empowerment package; the government should do more by increasing number of participants in any training for Ebonyi people,” she advised.One of the beneficiaries, Mariah Onwukwe, lauded SMEDAN for exposing them to modern skills for business and pledged to utilize what she would learn.NAN reports that the five-day programme would end on Saturday.NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria SMEDAN says that the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises MSMEs have the potential to cause entrepreneurial revolution in industry agriculture and commerce The Director General of the Agency Mr Olawale Fasanya said this on Tuesday in Owerri while declaring open the National Business Skills Development Initiative Fasanya represented by a Deputy Director in the agency Mrs Chibuzo Osuoha said that the initiative was designed to train and empower artisans in different skills He said that the Federal Government was poised to grow the country s economy through entrepreneurship He described the National Micro Small and Medium Enterprises NMSMEs sub sector as critical to the nation s economic growth and development According to him NMSMEs account for the highest number of jobs created in the economy The most recent national MSMEs survey of 2020 revealed that there are 39 6 MSMEs employing 62 5 million persons accounting for 80 2 per cent of Nigeria s labour force The statistics also contributed to 6 21 per cent of nominal GDP and exports respectively Fasanya said He further opined that the initiative would enhance youths engagement in productive ventures to earn income and filling the artisanal gaps in the country The Commissioner for Commerce and Industry in Imo Mr Simon Ebegwulam commended SMEDAN for the initiative to grow the country s economy through entrepreneurship Ebegwulam advised the trainees to seize the opportunity to develop their businesses A participant Mrs Chinelo Ezekwe thanked SMEDAN for the training saying that she would develop a business content at the end of the workshop Another trainee Mr Kingsley Okorafor who enrolled in car wash vocation promised to set up a car wash business Also in Abakaliki Fasanya said that the programme was designed to support MSMEs in the most practical way across the states of the federation According to him the programme is in three parts including entrepreneurship vocational skills and empowerment The SMEDAN boss represented by a Director in the agency Mr Monday Ewans said that the major focus was on GSM repair tailoring catering hairdressing and makeup After the training the participants will be empowered with equipment and materials to start their chosen business and improve on it he said He said that the 90 participants from Ebonyi engaged in fashion leather works and GSM repairs The Commissioner for Human Development in the state Mrs Ann Aligwe commended the Federal Government for the initiative Aligwe urged the trainees to be focused in order to build and improve their business skills She further appealed to the Federal Government to deepen the campaign for states to improve on job creation We need mega empowerment package Federal Government should do more by increasing the number of participants from Ebonyi in any training programme she said One of the trainees Mariah Onwukwe lauded SMEDAN for exposing them to modern business skills and pledged to utilise what she learnt to grow her business NAN reports that the five day programme would end on Saturday NewsSourceCredit NAN
    MSMEs have potential to cause revolution in industry, other sectors, says SMEDAN boss
     The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria SMEDAN says that the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises MSMEs have the potential to cause entrepreneurial revolution in industry agriculture and commerce The Director General of the Agency Mr Olawale Fasanya said this on Tuesday in Owerri while declaring open the National Business Skills Development Initiative Fasanya represented by a Deputy Director in the agency Mrs Chibuzo Osuoha said that the initiative was designed to train and empower artisans in different skills He said that the Federal Government was poised to grow the country s economy through entrepreneurship He described the National Micro Small and Medium Enterprises NMSMEs sub sector as critical to the nation s economic growth and development According to him NMSMEs account for the highest number of jobs created in the economy The most recent national MSMEs survey of 2020 revealed that there are 39 6 MSMEs employing 62 5 million persons accounting for 80 2 per cent of Nigeria s labour force The statistics also contributed to 6 21 per cent of nominal GDP and exports respectively Fasanya said He further opined that the initiative would enhance youths engagement in productive ventures to earn income and filling the artisanal gaps in the country The Commissioner for Commerce and Industry in Imo Mr Simon Ebegwulam commended SMEDAN for the initiative to grow the country s economy through entrepreneurship Ebegwulam advised the trainees to seize the opportunity to develop their businesses A participant Mrs Chinelo Ezekwe thanked SMEDAN for the training saying that she would develop a business content at the end of the workshop Another trainee Mr Kingsley Okorafor who enrolled in car wash vocation promised to set up a car wash business Also in Abakaliki Fasanya said that the programme was designed to support MSMEs in the most practical way across the states of the federation According to him the programme is in three parts including entrepreneurship vocational skills and empowerment The SMEDAN boss represented by a Director in the agency Mr Monday Ewans said that the major focus was on GSM repair tailoring catering hairdressing and makeup After the training the participants will be empowered with equipment and materials to start their chosen business and improve on it he said He said that the 90 participants from Ebonyi engaged in fashion leather works and GSM repairs The Commissioner for Human Development in the state Mrs Ann Aligwe commended the Federal Government for the initiative Aligwe urged the trainees to be focused in order to build and improve their business skills She further appealed to the Federal Government to deepen the campaign for states to improve on job creation We need mega empowerment package Federal Government should do more by increasing the number of participants from Ebonyi in any training programme she said One of the trainees Mariah Onwukwe lauded SMEDAN for exposing them to modern business skills and pledged to utilise what she learnt to grow her business NAN reports that the five day programme would end on Saturday NewsSourceCredit NAN
    MSMEs have potential to cause revolution in industry, other sectors, says SMEDAN boss
    Economy4 months ago

    MSMEs have potential to cause revolution in industry, other sectors, says SMEDAN boss

    The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) says that the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) have the potential to cause entrepreneurial revolution in industry, agriculture and commerce.

    The Director-General of the Agency, Mr Olawale Fasanya, said this on Tuesday in Owerri, while declaring open the National Business Skills Development Initiative.

    Fasanya, represented by a Deputy Director in the agency, Mrs Chibuzo Osuoha, said that the initiative was designed to train and empower artisans in different skills.

    He said that the Federal Government was poised to grow the country’s economy through entrepreneurship.

    He described the National Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (NMSMEs) sub-sector as critical to the nation’s economic growth and development.

    According to him, NMSMEs account for the highest number of jobs created in the economy.

    “The most recent national MSMEs survey of 2020 revealed that there are 39.6 MSMEs, employing 62.5 million persons, accounting for 80.2 per cent of Nigeria’s labour force.

    “The statistics also contributed to 6.21 per cent of nominal GDP and exports respectively,” Fasanya said.

    He further opined that the initiative would enhance youths’ engagement in productive ventures to earn income and filling the artisanal gaps in the country.

    The Commissioner for Commerce and Industry in Imo, Mr Simon Ebegwulam, commended SMEDAN for the initiative to grow the country’s economy through entrepreneurship.

    Ebegwulam advised the trainees to seize the opportunity to develop their businesses.

    A participant,  Mrs Chinelo Ezekwe, thanked SMEDAN for the training, saying that she would develop a business content at the end of the workshop.

    Another trainee, Mr Kingsley Okorafor, who enrolled in car wash vocation, promised to set up a car wash business.

    Also in Abakaliki, Fasanya said that the programme was designed to support MSMEs “in the most practical way across the states of the federation”.

    According to him, the programme is in three parts, including entrepreneurship, vocational skills and empowerment.

    The SMEDAN boss, represented by a Director in the agency, Mr Monday Ewans, said that the major focus was on GSM repair, tailoring, catering, hairdressing and makeup.

    “After the training, the participants will be empowered with equipment and materials to start their chosen business and improve on it,” he said.

    He said that the 90 participants from Ebonyi engaged in fashion, leather works and GSM repairs.

    The Commissioner for Human Development in the state, Mrs Ann Aligwe, commended the Federal Government for the initiative.

    Aligwe urged the trainees to be focused in order to build and improve their business skills.

    She further appealed to the Federal Government “to deepen the campaign for states to improve on job creation.

    “We need mega empowerment package.

    “Federal Government should do more by increasing the number of participants from Ebonyi in any training programme,” she said.

    One of the trainees, Mariah Onwukwe, lauded SMEDAN for exposing them to modern business skills and pledged to utilise what she learnt to grow her business.

    NAN reports that the five-day programme would end on Saturday.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria SMEDAN has expressed satisfaction with the robust collaboration and support it is receiving from Abia Government The Director General of the agency Mr Olawale Fasanya said this on Tuesday at the opening of a five day workshop on the National Business Skills Development Initiative in Umuahia Fasanya represented by an Assistant Director in the agency Mrs Ime Andy said that the workshop was taking place simultaneously in the five states of the South East According to him of the 450 entrepreneurs participating in the workshop in the zone Abia has 90 participants He said that the workshop covered entrepreneurship training in fashion welding leather works and GSM repairs Fasanya said that aside from the entrepreneurship training the participants would be given vocational training and equipment to take off He said that the programme was designed to improve business management practice and service provision by trained artisans as well as increased access to finance equipment and other business resource Other objectives of the workshop he said included increase in the number of formalised artisanal businesses improved artisanal service delivery and market support services to Micro Small and Medium Enterprises MSMEs The SMEDAN boss further said that the agency had begun to implement its One Local Government One Product OLOP initiative in all the 109 Senatorial Districts in the country He said the initiative was meant to address the challenges confronting MSMEs in the country in a holistic manner The intervention activities under OLOP among others include access to workspace equipment support working capital and capacity building he said Fasanya said that the agency had also implemented in 22 states the Conditional Grant Scheme involving corporate registration of micro enterprises provision of micro insurance and N50 000 grants to 40 000 entrepreneurs He also said that the agency had commenced the nationwide MSMEs Mass Registration Project toward the establishment of a credible data of MSMEs in the country He said that the agency was partnering with the African Centre for Global Entrpreneurial Leadership to implement its Leadership Entrpreneurial Game Show where successful participants would be given N5 million worth of grants and tools The game show is ongoing now and all existing and potential entrepreneurs are encouraged to log on to www legs africa for free registration Fasanya said He said that the agency was also collaborating with the Bank of Industry Jaiz Bank and Sterling Bank to implement the Matching Fund Programme for Micro and Small Enterprises toward increasing access to finance He said that the agency was set for the disbursement of the fund after thr programme had been executed in FCT Kaduna Oyo Plateau Kano Imo and Edo The Permanent Secretary MSMEs in Abia Mr Nkwachukwu Agonmuo thanked SMEDAN for providing critical support for the growth and development of MSMEs in the state Agonmuo said that all the achievements so far made by the State Government in the development of MSMEs could not have been possible without the sustained support by the agency He charged the participants to take the workshop seriously and leverage the huge opportunities offered by the agency to scale up their businesses Speaking with newsmen on the sideline of the event Andy said that the agency trained 145 entrepreneurs in the state in 2021 She said that report by the Monitoring and Evaluation Unit of the agency showed that they were doing well in their respective fields Also some of the participants including Donatus Amaike and Ifeoma Chukwu thanked the agency for providing the training and support they needed to realise their dreams NewsSourceCredit NAN
    SMEDAN boss hails robust collaboration, support from Abia Govt.
     The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria SMEDAN has expressed satisfaction with the robust collaboration and support it is receiving from Abia Government The Director General of the agency Mr Olawale Fasanya said this on Tuesday at the opening of a five day workshop on the National Business Skills Development Initiative in Umuahia Fasanya represented by an Assistant Director in the agency Mrs Ime Andy said that the workshop was taking place simultaneously in the five states of the South East According to him of the 450 entrepreneurs participating in the workshop in the zone Abia has 90 participants He said that the workshop covered entrepreneurship training in fashion welding leather works and GSM repairs Fasanya said that aside from the entrepreneurship training the participants would be given vocational training and equipment to take off He said that the programme was designed to improve business management practice and service provision by trained artisans as well as increased access to finance equipment and other business resource Other objectives of the workshop he said included increase in the number of formalised artisanal businesses improved artisanal service delivery and market support services to Micro Small and Medium Enterprises MSMEs The SMEDAN boss further said that the agency had begun to implement its One Local Government One Product OLOP initiative in all the 109 Senatorial Districts in the country He said the initiative was meant to address the challenges confronting MSMEs in the country in a holistic manner The intervention activities under OLOP among others include access to workspace equipment support working capital and capacity building he said Fasanya said that the agency had also implemented in 22 states the Conditional Grant Scheme involving corporate registration of micro enterprises provision of micro insurance and N50 000 grants to 40 000 entrepreneurs He also said that the agency had commenced the nationwide MSMEs Mass Registration Project toward the establishment of a credible data of MSMEs in the country He said that the agency was partnering with the African Centre for Global Entrpreneurial Leadership to implement its Leadership Entrpreneurial Game Show where successful participants would be given N5 million worth of grants and tools The game show is ongoing now and all existing and potential entrepreneurs are encouraged to log on to www legs africa for free registration Fasanya said He said that the agency was also collaborating with the Bank of Industry Jaiz Bank and Sterling Bank to implement the Matching Fund Programme for Micro and Small Enterprises toward increasing access to finance He said that the agency was set for the disbursement of the fund after thr programme had been executed in FCT Kaduna Oyo Plateau Kano Imo and Edo The Permanent Secretary MSMEs in Abia Mr Nkwachukwu Agonmuo thanked SMEDAN for providing critical support for the growth and development of MSMEs in the state Agonmuo said that all the achievements so far made by the State Government in the development of MSMEs could not have been possible without the sustained support by the agency He charged the participants to take the workshop seriously and leverage the huge opportunities offered by the agency to scale up their businesses Speaking with newsmen on the sideline of the event Andy said that the agency trained 145 entrepreneurs in the state in 2021 She said that report by the Monitoring and Evaluation Unit of the agency showed that they were doing well in their respective fields Also some of the participants including Donatus Amaike and Ifeoma Chukwu thanked the agency for providing the training and support they needed to realise their dreams NewsSourceCredit NAN
    SMEDAN boss hails robust collaboration, support from Abia Govt.
    Economy4 months ago

    SMEDAN boss hails robust collaboration, support from Abia Govt.

    The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) has expressed satisfaction with the robust collaboration and support it is receiving from Abia Government.

    The Director-General of the agency, Mr Olawale Fasanya, said this on Tuesday at the opening of a five-day workshop on the National Business Skills Development Initiative in Umuahia.

    Fasanya, represented by an Assistant Director in the agency, Mrs Ime Andy, said that the workshop was taking place simultaneously in the five states of the South-East. According to him, of the 450 entrepreneurs participating in the workshop in the zone, Abia has 90 participants.

    He said that the workshop covered entrepreneurship training in fashion, welding, leather works and GSM repairs.

    Fasanya said that aside from the entrepreneurship training, the participants would be given vocational training and equipment to take off.

    He said that the programme was designed to improve business management practice and service provision by trained artisans as well as increased access to finance, equipment and other business resource.

    Other objectives of the workshop, he said, included increase in the number of formalised artisanal businesses, improved artisanal service delivery and market support services to Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).

    The SMEDAN boss further said that the agency had begun to implement its “One Local Government One Product (OLOP)” initiative in all the 109 Senatorial Districts in the country.

    He said the initiative was meant “to address the challenges confronting MSMEs in the country in a holistic manner”.

    “The intervention activities under OLOP, among others, include access to workspace, equipment support, working capital and capacity building,” he said.

    Fasanya said that the agency had also implemented in 22 states, the Conditional Grant Scheme, involving corporate registration of micro enterprises, provision of micro insurance and N50,000 grants to 40,000 entrepreneurs.

    He also said that the agency had commenced the nationwide MSMEs Mass Registration Project toward the establishment of a credible data of MSMEs in the country.

    He said that the agency was partnering with the African Centre for Global Entrpreneurial Leadership to implement its Leadership Entrpreneurial Game Show, “where successful participants would be given N5 million worth of grants and tools.

    “The game show is ongoing now and all existing and potential entrepreneurs are encouraged to log on to www.

    legs.

    africa for free registration,” Fasanya said.

    He said that the agency was also collaborating with the Bank of Industry, Jaiz Bank and Sterling Bank “to implement the ‘Matching Fund Programme for Micro and Small Enterprises’ toward increasing access to finance.

    ” He said that the agency was set for the disbursement of the fund, after thr programme had been executed in FCT, Kaduna, Oyo, Plateau, Kano, Imo and Edo. The Permanent Secretary, MSMEs in Abia, Mr Nkwachukwu Agonmuo, thanked SMEDAN for providing critical support for the growth and development of MSMEs in the state.

    Agonmuo said that all the achievements so far made by the State Government in the development of MSMEs could not have been possible without the sustained support by the  agency.

    He charged the participants to take the workshop seriously and leverage the huge opportunities offered by the agency to scale up their businesses.

    Speaking with newsmen on the sideline of the event, Andy said that the agency trained 145 entrepreneurs in the state in 2021. She said that report by the Monitoring and Evaluation Unit of the agency showed that they were doing well in their respective fields.

    Also, some of the participants, including Donatus Amaike and Ifeoma Chukwu, thanked the agency for providing the training and support they needed to realise their dreams.


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  •  The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency SMEDAN has trained more than 155 Ekiti farmers in mordern techniques to make agriculture viable business for national development The Director General SMEDAN Mr Olawale Fasanya said the agency had trained 250 agriculture cooperative societies comprising 2 560 members in six states across the country Fasanya disclosed this on Monday at the opening ceremony of the agency s 2022 Agribusiness Development and Empowerment Programme in Ado Ekiti The SMEDAN DG said 155 registered participants were drawn from across Ekiti for the training under the agency s National Agripreneurship Training Scheme NATS as the training was expected to last for five days Fasanya listed some of the states that had benefitted from the training since its inception in 2020 to include Kwara Zamfara Taraba Cross River Ebonyi Osun and Kebbi Katsina Jigawa Enugu Abia Ondo Ogun Delta Bauchi and Yobe He disclosed that the 2022 segment of the training being inaugurated in Ekiti would hold in other 14 states including Oyo Lagos Anambra Imo Rivers Bayelsa Kaduna and Kano Other states are Sokoto State Niger Benue Plateau Adamawa and Gombe The SMEDAN boss said the 2022 training programme was scheduled to attract 225 Agriculture Cooperative Societies and Agriculture Commodity Associations comprising of 2 250 members He said the participants would be empowered and supported with equipment machinery and technical support through agripreneurship training under the scheme Fasanya said the objectives of the training was to encourage all active populace especially women and youths to embrace agribusiness development as a viable business option He said the training was also aimed at strengthening the knowledge and skill gap of participants of agribusiness development schemes as a platform to facilitate transition to management and best agriculture practices Fasanya said the agency was mandated to ensure a structural and efficient Micro Small and Medium Enterprises sector We will continue to strive for excellence and strategic growth through forming strong partnerships with reputable public and private institutions This is in order to build an all inclusive and conducive business to business and access to local and international market the SMEDAN DG said Gov Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti represented by Mr Kayode Fasae Director General Ekiti State Micro finance and Enterprises Development Agency commended SMEDAN for the recognition it accorded the state through the training He said the state would continue to partner SMEDAN in promoting entrepreneurship development to an enviable heights and assured of the state s readiness to provide financial support whenever such is required The State Manager of SMEDAN Mr Tomi Ikuomola reiterated the commitment of the agency at ensure that Nigeria s economy was developed through other sectors than the oil sector Mrs Abe Iyabode Trade Promotion Adviser Nigeria Export Promotion Council commended SMEDAN for its foresight saying the training had the capacity to boost the participants knowledge and skills in developing their businesses She urged the participants to register their businesses with the council to benefit from the arrays of initiatives and incentives lined up by the Federal Government to improve and develop the nation s business sector Mr Alagbada Adeniran the Chairman of Ekiti State All Farmers Association who spoke on behalf of the participants described the training as timely and highly beneficial NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Entrepreneurship: SMEDAN trains 155 Ekiti farmers on mordern techniques for development
     The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency SMEDAN has trained more than 155 Ekiti farmers in mordern techniques to make agriculture viable business for national development The Director General SMEDAN Mr Olawale Fasanya said the agency had trained 250 agriculture cooperative societies comprising 2 560 members in six states across the country Fasanya disclosed this on Monday at the opening ceremony of the agency s 2022 Agribusiness Development and Empowerment Programme in Ado Ekiti The SMEDAN DG said 155 registered participants were drawn from across Ekiti for the training under the agency s National Agripreneurship Training Scheme NATS as the training was expected to last for five days Fasanya listed some of the states that had benefitted from the training since its inception in 2020 to include Kwara Zamfara Taraba Cross River Ebonyi Osun and Kebbi Katsina Jigawa Enugu Abia Ondo Ogun Delta Bauchi and Yobe He disclosed that the 2022 segment of the training being inaugurated in Ekiti would hold in other 14 states including Oyo Lagos Anambra Imo Rivers Bayelsa Kaduna and Kano Other states are Sokoto State Niger Benue Plateau Adamawa and Gombe The SMEDAN boss said the 2022 training programme was scheduled to attract 225 Agriculture Cooperative Societies and Agriculture Commodity Associations comprising of 2 250 members He said the participants would be empowered and supported with equipment machinery and technical support through agripreneurship training under the scheme Fasanya said the objectives of the training was to encourage all active populace especially women and youths to embrace agribusiness development as a viable business option He said the training was also aimed at strengthening the knowledge and skill gap of participants of agribusiness development schemes as a platform to facilitate transition to management and best agriculture practices Fasanya said the agency was mandated to ensure a structural and efficient Micro Small and Medium Enterprises sector We will continue to strive for excellence and strategic growth through forming strong partnerships with reputable public and private institutions This is in order to build an all inclusive and conducive business to business and access to local and international market the SMEDAN DG said Gov Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti represented by Mr Kayode Fasae Director General Ekiti State Micro finance and Enterprises Development Agency commended SMEDAN for the recognition it accorded the state through the training He said the state would continue to partner SMEDAN in promoting entrepreneurship development to an enviable heights and assured of the state s readiness to provide financial support whenever such is required The State Manager of SMEDAN Mr Tomi Ikuomola reiterated the commitment of the agency at ensure that Nigeria s economy was developed through other sectors than the oil sector Mrs Abe Iyabode Trade Promotion Adviser Nigeria Export Promotion Council commended SMEDAN for its foresight saying the training had the capacity to boost the participants knowledge and skills in developing their businesses She urged the participants to register their businesses with the council to benefit from the arrays of initiatives and incentives lined up by the Federal Government to improve and develop the nation s business sector Mr Alagbada Adeniran the Chairman of Ekiti State All Farmers Association who spoke on behalf of the participants described the training as timely and highly beneficial NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Entrepreneurship: SMEDAN trains 155 Ekiti farmers on mordern techniques for development
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    Entrepreneurship: SMEDAN trains 155 Ekiti farmers on mordern techniques for development

    The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency, (SMEDAN) has trained more than 155 Ekiti farmers in mordern techniques to make agriculture viable business for national development.  

    The Director General SMEDAN, Mr Olawale Fasanya, said the agency had trained 250 agriculture cooperative societies comprising 2,560 members in six states across the country.  

    Fasanya disclosed this on Monday at the opening ceremony of the agency’s 2022 Agribusiness Development and Empowerment Programme in Ado-Ekiti.  

    The SMEDAN DG said 155 registered participants were drawn from across Ekiti for the training under the agency’s National Agripreneurship Training Scheme, (NATS) as the training was expected to last for five days.  

    Fasanya listed some of the states that had benefitted from the training since its inception in 2020 to include, Kwara, Zamfara, Taraba, Cross River, Ebonyi, Osun and Kebbi, Katsina, Jigawa, Enugu, Abia, Ondo, Ogun, Delta, Bauchi and Yobe.   He disclosed that the 2022 segment of the training being inaugurated in Ekiti would hold in other 14 states, including Oyo, Lagos, Anambra, Imo, Rivers, Bayelsa, Kaduna and Kano.   Other states are Sokoto State Niger, Benue, Plateau, Adamawa and Gombe.  

    The SMEDAN boss said the 2022 training programme was scheduled to attract 225 Agriculture Cooperative Societies and Agriculture Commodity Associations comprising of 2,250 members.  

    He said the participants would be empowered and supported with equipment, machinery and technical support through agripreneurship training under the scheme.  

    Fasanya said the objectives of the training was to encourage all active populace, especially women and youths, to embrace agribusiness development as a viable business option.  

    He said the training was also aimed at strengthening the knowledge and skill gap of participants of agribusiness development schemes as a platform to facilitate transition to management and best agriculture practices.  

    Fasanya said the agency was mandated to ensure a structural and efficient Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises sector.  

    “We will continue to strive for excellence and strategic growth through forming strong partnerships with reputable public and private institutions.  

    “This is in order to build an all-inclusive and conducive business-to- business and access to local and international market,” the SMEDAN DG said.  

    Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, represented by Mr Kayode Fasae, Director-General, Ekiti State Micro-finance and  Enterprises Development Agency, commended SMEDAN for the recognition it accorded the state through the training.  

    He said the state would continue to partner SMEDAN in promoting entrepreneurship development to an enviable heights and assured of the state’s readiness to provide financial support whenever such is required.  

    The State Manager of SMEDAN, Mr Tomi Ikuomola, reiterated the commitment of the agency at ensure that Nigeria’s economy was developed through other sectors than the oil sector.  

    Mrs Abe Iyabode, Trade Promotion Adviser, Nigeria Export Promotion Council, commended SMEDAN for its foresight, saying the training had the capacity to boost the participants’ knowledge and skills in developing their businesses.  

    She urged the participants to register their businesses with the council to benefit from the arrays of initiatives and incentives lined up by the Federal Government to improve and develop the nation’s business sector.  

    Mr Alagbada Adeniran, the Chairman of Ekiti State All Farmers Association, who spoke on behalf of the participants, described the training as timely and highly beneficial.

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  •  The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria SMEDAN on Thursday partnered the Ogun State Government to train 100 teachers across the state in entrepreneurship skills The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the three day capacity building workshop held in Abeokuta had as its theme SMEDAN Mind Shift Entrepreneurship Programme National School Entrepreneurship Programme N SEP 2022 Declaring the programme open the Director General of SMEDAN Mr Olawale Fasanya said the programme was aimed at educating both primary and secondary school teachers across the state Fasanya explained that they would in turn step it down to the students and imbibe in them the spirit of entrepreneurship The director general represented by Mr Yinka Fisher the Director Partnership and Coordination Department of SMEDAN noted that students would no longer wait for white collar jobs while out of school but use skills acquired to become entrepreneurs He said that the N SEP was to prepare the for the fourth Industrial Revolution through their teachers adding that there was paradigm shift in today s education It is no longer go to school get good grades and get a good job but go to school get good grades and acquire skills of being your own boss and starting your own business This can only be achieved through an efficient entrepreneurship education and entrepreneurship development The era of brilliant curriculum vitae is over this is the era of crafting a bankable business plan that will launch students into being their own bosses he said Fasanya saud the agency had been in the forefront of advancing entrepreneurship for the growth and development of the country He disclosed that the agency had carefully designed Teachers Manual to guide the teachers on how to inculcate the culture and spirit of entrepreneurship into the students Fasanya stated that the concept of the programme was to inculcate into students the intellectual consciousness of their environment to enable them maximise their existence and potential It is an adaptable education that will prepare the students for self employment which must necessarily be the ultimate he said He added that the programme would go a long way in actualising the Federal Government s efforts of bringing unemployment to the barest minimum He appealed to participants to take advantage of the programme to prepare and equip themselves as entrepreneurs as well as entrepreneurship educators Gov Dapo Abiodun of Ogun represented by his Special Adviser on Industry Trade and Investment Mr Remi Ogunmefun commended the agency for the partnership Abiodun said that the programme was in line with his administration s support for education and job creation The old days are gone now we need to educate people on having that mindset of being an entrepreneur and contributing to the economy he said Some of the participants Mr Adeniyi Adeyemi from Mercy Land International College and Mrs Fransisca Salako from Rev Kuti Memorial Grammer School in Abeokuta commended SMEDAN for the training They however pledged on behalf of other participants to make proper use of the training adding that they would as well train their students NewsSourceCredit NAN
    SMEDAN trains Ogun teachers to promote entrepreneurship skills in schools
     The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria SMEDAN on Thursday partnered the Ogun State Government to train 100 teachers across the state in entrepreneurship skills The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the three day capacity building workshop held in Abeokuta had as its theme SMEDAN Mind Shift Entrepreneurship Programme National School Entrepreneurship Programme N SEP 2022 Declaring the programme open the Director General of SMEDAN Mr Olawale Fasanya said the programme was aimed at educating both primary and secondary school teachers across the state Fasanya explained that they would in turn step it down to the students and imbibe in them the spirit of entrepreneurship The director general represented by Mr Yinka Fisher the Director Partnership and Coordination Department of SMEDAN noted that students would no longer wait for white collar jobs while out of school but use skills acquired to become entrepreneurs He said that the N SEP was to prepare the for the fourth Industrial Revolution through their teachers adding that there was paradigm shift in today s education It is no longer go to school get good grades and get a good job but go to school get good grades and acquire skills of being your own boss and starting your own business This can only be achieved through an efficient entrepreneurship education and entrepreneurship development The era of brilliant curriculum vitae is over this is the era of crafting a bankable business plan that will launch students into being their own bosses he said Fasanya saud the agency had been in the forefront of advancing entrepreneurship for the growth and development of the country He disclosed that the agency had carefully designed Teachers Manual to guide the teachers on how to inculcate the culture and spirit of entrepreneurship into the students Fasanya stated that the concept of the programme was to inculcate into students the intellectual consciousness of their environment to enable them maximise their existence and potential It is an adaptable education that will prepare the students for self employment which must necessarily be the ultimate he said He added that the programme would go a long way in actualising the Federal Government s efforts of bringing unemployment to the barest minimum He appealed to participants to take advantage of the programme to prepare and equip themselves as entrepreneurs as well as entrepreneurship educators Gov Dapo Abiodun of Ogun represented by his Special Adviser on Industry Trade and Investment Mr Remi Ogunmefun commended the agency for the partnership Abiodun said that the programme was in line with his administration s support for education and job creation The old days are gone now we need to educate people on having that mindset of being an entrepreneur and contributing to the economy he said Some of the participants Mr Adeniyi Adeyemi from Mercy Land International College and Mrs Fransisca Salako from Rev Kuti Memorial Grammer School in Abeokuta commended SMEDAN for the training They however pledged on behalf of other participants to make proper use of the training adding that they would as well train their students NewsSourceCredit NAN
    SMEDAN trains Ogun teachers to promote entrepreneurship skills in schools
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    SMEDAN trains Ogun teachers to promote entrepreneurship skills in schools

    The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) on Thursday partnered the Ogun State Government to train 100 teachers across the state in entrepreneurship skills.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the three- day capacity building workshop held in Abeokuta had as its theme: “SMEDAN Mind Shift Entrepreneurship Programme- National School Entrepreneurship Programme (N-SEP) 2022.” Declaring the programme open, the Director-General of SMEDAN, Mr Olawale Fasanya, said the programme was aimed at educating both primary and secondary school teachers across the state.

    Fasanya explained that they would in turn step it down to the students and imbibe in them the spirit of entrepreneurship.

    The director-general, represented by Mr Yinka Fisher, the Director, Partnership and Coordination Department of SMEDAN, noted that students would no longer wait for white collar jobs while out of school but use skills acquired to become entrepreneurs.

    He said that the N-SEP was to prepare the for the fourth Industrial Revolution through their teachers, adding that there was paradigm shift in today’s education.

    “It is no longer go to school, get good grades and get a good job but go to school, get good grades and acquire skills of being your own boss and starting your own business.

    “This can only be achieved through an efficient entrepreneurship education and entrepreneurship development.

    “The era of brilliant curriculum vitae is over, this is the era of crafting a bankable business plan that will launch students into being their own bosses,” he said.

    Fasanya saud the agency had been in the forefront of advancing entrepreneurship for the growth and development of the country.

    He disclosed that the agency had carefully designed Teachers Manual to guide the teachers on how to inculcate the culture and spirit of entrepreneurship into the students.

    Fasanya stated that the concept of the programme was to inculcate into students the intellectual consciousness of their environment to enable them maximise their existence and potential.

    “It is an adaptable education that will prepare the students for self -employment which must necessarily be the ultimate,” he said.

    He added that the programme would go a long way in actualising the Federal Government’s efforts of bringing unemployment to the barest minimum.

    He appealed to participants to take advantage of the programme to prepare and equip themselves as entrepreneurs as well as entrepreneurship educators.

    Gov. Dapo Abiodun of Ogun, represented by his Special Adviser on Industry,Trade and Investment, Mr Remi Ogunmefun, commended the agency for the partnership.

    Abiodun said that the programme was in line with his administration’s support for education and job creation.

    “The old days are gone, now we need to educate people on having that mindset of being an entrepreneur and contributing to the economy,” he said.

    Some of the participants, Mr Adeniyi Adeyemi from Mercy Land International College and Mrs Fransisca Salako from Rev. Kuti Memorial Grammer School in Abeokuta, commended SMEDAN for the training.

    They, however, pledged on behalf of other participants to make proper use of the training adding that they would as well train their students.


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  •  The Small Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria SMEDAN has trained 100 teachers in primary and secondary schools in Akwa Ibom on entrepreneurship development education The Director General of SMEDAN Mr Olawale Fasanya declared open the capacity building workshop for entrepreneurship tagged National School Entrepreneurship programme N SEP under its Mind Shift Entrepreneurship Programme in Uyo The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the training was to equip the teachers with adequate business skills to enable them to translate the ideas to their students and pupils Fasanya said that through the programme the teachers would be able to awaken the business consciousness of the students and d pupils by inculcating in them the culture of entrepreneurship and financial literacy The Mind Shift Entrepreneurship Programme is designed to engage the vibrant energy of our students and youths and channel it into productive venture creation The programme is to provide access to functional and hands on literacy and community service education to every primary and secondary student in Nigeria The programme will stimulate and facilitate the culture of entrepreneurship and community service in primary and secondary schools across Nigeria with the view to assisting students in exhibiting creativity and innovation he said According to him the national school entrepreneurship programme is to prepare the pupils and students for the 4th industrial revolution There is a paradigm shift in today s education It is no more go to school get good grades and get a good job It is go to school get good grades and acquire skills of being your own boss start your business Fasanya added The director general said that under the programme the agency had trained 3 000 teachers in 29 states of the federation from 2017 to date adding that the remaining seven states would be covered before the end of 2022 In her opening remarks the state Commissioner for Education Mrs Idongesit Etiebet said that entrepreneurship was indispensable for a nation to succeed in an ever changing and more competitive global market Etiebet represented by the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education Mrs Rose Bassey said that the inclusion of entrepreneurial education in school curriculum would boost the standard of education She said it would also provide students with the knowledge needed for learning and acquiring skills to become self employed The knowledge so gained would be transferred to our children in schools and encourage them to acquire skills which transform them to entrepreneurs Etiebet said She said that the state ministry of education was proud to be associated with SMEDAN on the timely and welcomed innovation The commissioner said the knowledge and experience so gained by the participants would enable them to become positive change agents in society Etiebet urged the participants to embrace the programme exhibit a high level of discipline and concentrate throughout the training period to become good ambassadors of their schools In his goodwill message Mr Ime Edoho Chairman Nigerian Association of Small and Medium Enterprises NASME Akwa Ibom chapter commended SMEDAN for being serious about entrepreneurship development and MSMEs in the country A participant Mr Ubongabasi Ikpe said the training would equipped them to create enterprise from teaching English Language Mathematics and other subjects NAN reports that the training which drew participants across primary and secondary schools in Akwa Ibom North East Senatorial District will last for three days NewsSourceCredit NAN
    SMEDAN trains 100 teachers on entrepreneurship education in A’ Ibom
     The Small Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria SMEDAN has trained 100 teachers in primary and secondary schools in Akwa Ibom on entrepreneurship development education The Director General of SMEDAN Mr Olawale Fasanya declared open the capacity building workshop for entrepreneurship tagged National School Entrepreneurship programme N SEP under its Mind Shift Entrepreneurship Programme in Uyo The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the training was to equip the teachers with adequate business skills to enable them to translate the ideas to their students and pupils Fasanya said that through the programme the teachers would be able to awaken the business consciousness of the students and d pupils by inculcating in them the culture of entrepreneurship and financial literacy The Mind Shift Entrepreneurship Programme is designed to engage the vibrant energy of our students and youths and channel it into productive venture creation The programme is to provide access to functional and hands on literacy and community service education to every primary and secondary student in Nigeria The programme will stimulate and facilitate the culture of entrepreneurship and community service in primary and secondary schools across Nigeria with the view to assisting students in exhibiting creativity and innovation he said According to him the national school entrepreneurship programme is to prepare the pupils and students for the 4th industrial revolution There is a paradigm shift in today s education It is no more go to school get good grades and get a good job It is go to school get good grades and acquire skills of being your own boss start your business Fasanya added The director general said that under the programme the agency had trained 3 000 teachers in 29 states of the federation from 2017 to date adding that the remaining seven states would be covered before the end of 2022 In her opening remarks the state Commissioner for Education Mrs Idongesit Etiebet said that entrepreneurship was indispensable for a nation to succeed in an ever changing and more competitive global market Etiebet represented by the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education Mrs Rose Bassey said that the inclusion of entrepreneurial education in school curriculum would boost the standard of education She said it would also provide students with the knowledge needed for learning and acquiring skills to become self employed The knowledge so gained would be transferred to our children in schools and encourage them to acquire skills which transform them to entrepreneurs Etiebet said She said that the state ministry of education was proud to be associated with SMEDAN on the timely and welcomed innovation The commissioner said the knowledge and experience so gained by the participants would enable them to become positive change agents in society Etiebet urged the participants to embrace the programme exhibit a high level of discipline and concentrate throughout the training period to become good ambassadors of their schools In his goodwill message Mr Ime Edoho Chairman Nigerian Association of Small and Medium Enterprises NASME Akwa Ibom chapter commended SMEDAN for being serious about entrepreneurship development and MSMEs in the country A participant Mr Ubongabasi Ikpe said the training would equipped them to create enterprise from teaching English Language Mathematics and other subjects NAN reports that the training which drew participants across primary and secondary schools in Akwa Ibom North East Senatorial District will last for three days NewsSourceCredit NAN
    SMEDAN trains 100 teachers on entrepreneurship education in A’ Ibom
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    SMEDAN trains 100 teachers on entrepreneurship education in A’ Ibom

    The Small Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) has trained 100 teachers in primary and secondary schools in Akwa Ibom on entrepreneurship development education.

    The Director General of SMEDAN, Mr Olawale Fasanya, declared open the capacity-building workshop for entrepreneurship tagged National School Entrepreneurship programme (N-SEP), under its Mind Shift Entrepreneurship Programme in Uyo. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the training was to equip the teachers with adequate business skills to enable them to translate the ideas to their students and pupils.

    Fasanya said that through the programme, the teachers would be able to awaken the business consciousness of the students and d pupils by inculcating in them the culture of entrepreneurship and financial literacy.

    “The Mind Shift Entrepreneurship Programme is designed to engage the vibrant energy of our students and youths and channel it into productive venture creation.

    “The programme is to provide access to functional and hands-on literacy and community service education to every primary and secondary student in Nigeria.

    “The programme will stimulate and facilitate the culture of entrepreneurship and community service in primary and secondary schools across Nigeria, with the view to assisting students in exhibiting creativity and innovation,” he said.

    According to him, the national school entrepreneurship programme is to prepare the pupils and students for the 4th industrial revolution.

    “There is a paradigm shift in today’s education.

    It is no more ‘go to school, get good grades and get a good job.

    ’ “It is ‘go to school, get good grades and acquire skills of being your own boss, start your business,” Fasanya added.

    The director general said that under the programme, the agency had trained 3,000 teachers in 29 states of the federation from 2017 to date, adding that the remaining seven states would be covered before the end of 2022. In her opening remarks, the state Commissioner for Education, Mrs Idongesit Etiebet, said that entrepreneurship was indispensable for a nation to succeed in an ever-changing and more competitive global market.

    Etiebet, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mrs Rose Bassey, said that the inclusion of entrepreneurial education in school curriculum would boost the standard of education.

    She said it would also provide students with the knowledge needed for learning and acquiring skills to become self-employed.

    “The knowledge so gained would be transferred to our children in schools and encourage them to acquire skills which transform them to entrepreneurs,” Etiebet said.

    She said that the state ministry of education was proud to be associated with SMEDAN on the timely and welcomed innovation.

    The commissioner said the knowledge and experience so gained by the participants would enable them to become positive change agents in society.

    Etiebet urged the participants to embrace the programme, exhibit a high level of discipline and concentrate throughout the training period to become good ambassadors of their schools.

    In his goodwill message, Mr Ime Edoho, Chairman, Nigerian Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (NASME) Akwa Ibom chapter, commended SMEDAN for being serious about entrepreneurship development and MSMEs in the country.

    A participant, Mr Ubongabasi Ikpe, said the training would equipped them to create enterprise from teaching English Language, Mathematics and other subjects.

    NAN reports that the training which drew participants across primary and secondary schools in Akwa Ibom North East Senatorial District will last for three days.


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  •  The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria SMEDAN says it is training at least 150 youths and women on Agric business Development Empowerment Programme ADEP in Bayelsa The Director General of SMEDAN Mr Olawale Fasanya said this at the formal opening of the training workshop on Tuesday in Yenagoa Fasanya said the training was designed to enhance the capacity of the participants in agric business development He also said that the National Agripreneurship Training Scheme NATS was designed to provide functional knowledge and skill upgrade to start ups and existing cooperative societies Fasanya was represented at the event by the SMEDAN Manager in Bayelsa Mr Uhoboso Abilo He said that commodity associations were engaged in agriculture value chain to reinforce agriculture transformation in the state He said the programme comprised creation agripreneurship training and machinery support to cooperative societies He also said that the Product and Marketing Enhancement Scheme PAMES developed by SMEDAN assists those with market ready products get regulatory certification Those agripreneurs without market ready products are hand helped to transit their businesses from production to product enhancement local and international markets Fasanya said He said that the contribution of agriculture to Nigeria s total export earnings was small compared to crude oil export He said that in 2019 agriculture accounted for less than two per cent of the total Nigeria exports relative to crude oil with 76 5 per cent According to him there are 256 agricultural cooperative societies comprising 2 560 members in 16 states The states include Kwara Zamfara Taraba Cross River Ebonyi Osun Kebbi Katsina Jigawa Enugu Abia Ondo Ogun Delta Bauchi and Yobe He said the states have benefited from the programme since 2020 He said the programme was taking place simultaneously in Bayelsa Lagos and Oyo States and would hold in 12 other states The Commissioner for Labour Employment and Productivity Mr Stanley Braboke urged the participants to take the training seriously Braboke said the Bayelsa Government was ready to partner with SMEDAN for the benefit of the youths and women of the state Do not look down on the training for so many persons have been successful from it You can start small and then allow it to grow to your expectations he said The Branch Manager National Agriculture Corporation Bank Mr Suowari Tombra said SMEDAN was striving to harness the agricultural potentials to uplift every Nigerian households He said agriculture was the only business civil servants were allowed by law to engage in and urged them to put in their best Tombra said that agriculture business most times attract loans or grants from government hence many people are moving into agriculture NewsSourceCredit NAN
    SMEDAN trains Bayelsa youths, women on agric-business  
     The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria SMEDAN says it is training at least 150 youths and women on Agric business Development Empowerment Programme ADEP in Bayelsa The Director General of SMEDAN Mr Olawale Fasanya said this at the formal opening of the training workshop on Tuesday in Yenagoa Fasanya said the training was designed to enhance the capacity of the participants in agric business development He also said that the National Agripreneurship Training Scheme NATS was designed to provide functional knowledge and skill upgrade to start ups and existing cooperative societies Fasanya was represented at the event by the SMEDAN Manager in Bayelsa Mr Uhoboso Abilo He said that commodity associations were engaged in agriculture value chain to reinforce agriculture transformation in the state He said the programme comprised creation agripreneurship training and machinery support to cooperative societies He also said that the Product and Marketing Enhancement Scheme PAMES developed by SMEDAN assists those with market ready products get regulatory certification Those agripreneurs without market ready products are hand helped to transit their businesses from production to product enhancement local and international markets Fasanya said He said that the contribution of agriculture to Nigeria s total export earnings was small compared to crude oil export He said that in 2019 agriculture accounted for less than two per cent of the total Nigeria exports relative to crude oil with 76 5 per cent According to him there are 256 agricultural cooperative societies comprising 2 560 members in 16 states The states include Kwara Zamfara Taraba Cross River Ebonyi Osun Kebbi Katsina Jigawa Enugu Abia Ondo Ogun Delta Bauchi and Yobe He said the states have benefited from the programme since 2020 He said the programme was taking place simultaneously in Bayelsa Lagos and Oyo States and would hold in 12 other states The Commissioner for Labour Employment and Productivity Mr Stanley Braboke urged the participants to take the training seriously Braboke said the Bayelsa Government was ready to partner with SMEDAN for the benefit of the youths and women of the state Do not look down on the training for so many persons have been successful from it You can start small and then allow it to grow to your expectations he said The Branch Manager National Agriculture Corporation Bank Mr Suowari Tombra said SMEDAN was striving to harness the agricultural potentials to uplift every Nigerian households He said agriculture was the only business civil servants were allowed by law to engage in and urged them to put in their best Tombra said that agriculture business most times attract loans or grants from government hence many people are moving into agriculture NewsSourceCredit NAN
    SMEDAN trains Bayelsa youths, women on agric-business  
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    SMEDAN trains Bayelsa youths, women on agric-business  

    The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) says it is training at least 150 youths and women on Agric-business Development Empowerment Programme (ADEP) in Bayelsa.

    The Director-General of SMEDAN, Mr Olawale Fasanya, said this at the formal opening of the training workshop on Tuesday in Yenagoa.

    Fasanya said the training was designed to enhance the capacity of the participants in agric-business development.

    He also said that the National Agripreneurship Training Scheme (NATS) was designed to provide functional knowledge and skill upgrade to start-ups and existing cooperative societies.

    Fasanya was represented at the event by the SMEDAN Manager in Bayelsa, Mr Uhoboso Abilo.

    He said that commodity associations were engaged in agriculture value-chain to reinforce agriculture transformation in the state.

    He said the programme comprised creation, agripreneurship training and machinery support to cooperative societies.

    He also said that the Product and Marketing Enhancement Scheme (PAMES) developed by SMEDAN assists those with market-ready products get regulatory certification.

    “Those agripreneurs without market-ready products are hand helped to transit their businesses from production to product enhancement, local and international markets,” Fasanya said.

    He said that the contribution of agriculture to Nigeria’s total export earnings was small compared to crude oil export.

    He said that in 2019, agriculture accounted for less than two per cent of  the total Nigeria exports relative to crude oil with 76.5 per cent.

    According to him, there are 256 agricultural cooperative societies, comprising 2,560 members in 16 states.

    The states include Kwara, Zamfara, Taraba, Cross River, Ebonyi, Osun, Kebbi, Katsina, Jigawa, Enugu, Abia, Ondo, Ogun, Delta, Bauchi and Yobe. He said the states have benefited from the programme since 2020. He said the programme was taking place simultaneously in Bayelsa, Lagos and Oyo States and would hold in 12 other states.

    The Commissioner for Labour, Employment and Productivity, Mr Stanley Braboke, urged the participants to take the training seriously.

    Braboke said the Bayelsa Government was ready to partner with SMEDAN for the benefit of the youths and women of the state.

    “Do not look down on the training for so many persons have been successful from it.

    “You can start small and then allow it to grow to your expectations,” he said.

    The Branch Manager, National Agriculture Corporation Bank, Mr Suowari Tombra, said SMEDAN was striving to harness the agricultural potentials to uplift every Nigerian households.

    He said agriculture was the only business civil servants were allowed by law to engage in and urged them to put in their best.

    Tombra said that agriculture business, most times, attract loans or grants from government, hence many people are moving into agriculture.


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  •  The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria SMEDAN has commenced training of 90 youths in four artisanal businesses in Jigawa The Deputy Director Enterprise Development in the agency Mr Ado Adamu made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria in Dutse on Wednesday Adamu said the beneficiaries were selected from different parts of the state for the five day training which commenced on Monday He said the beneficiaries would be impacted with entrepreneurship and vocational skills as well as given materials The deputy director added that the youths were being trained on laundry tailoring mobile phone repair and welding According to him each of the trainees will be given a starter pack and transport allowance to begin own business In his remarks the agency s Manager in the state Mr Aminu Sale expressed hope that the gesture would motivate and encourage the beneficiaries to become self reliant and not wait for white collar jobs We advise the beneficiaries to take the training very seriously and grasp all aspects of its packages This will enable them to optimise the opportunity made available to them as well as justify the investment being made on each of them by the Federal Government Sale said He said the training hinged on improved business management provision by trained artisans increased access to finance equipment and other business resources and formalised artisanal businesses Others are improved market support services by ministries departments agencies and stakeholders as well as satisfaction level of customers through improved service delivery NAN recalls that the Director General of the agency Mr Olawale Fasanya had flagged off the National Business Skills Development Initiative NBSDI on Tuesday in Katsina State Under the programme implemented in 36 states of the federation and the FCT a total of 3 330 entrepreneurs 90 from each state are expected to be trained and supported with empowerment materials NewsSourceCredit NAN
    SMEDAN trains 90 youths in 4 artisanal businesses in Jigawa
     The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria SMEDAN has commenced training of 90 youths in four artisanal businesses in Jigawa The Deputy Director Enterprise Development in the agency Mr Ado Adamu made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria in Dutse on Wednesday Adamu said the beneficiaries were selected from different parts of the state for the five day training which commenced on Monday He said the beneficiaries would be impacted with entrepreneurship and vocational skills as well as given materials The deputy director added that the youths were being trained on laundry tailoring mobile phone repair and welding According to him each of the trainees will be given a starter pack and transport allowance to begin own business In his remarks the agency s Manager in the state Mr Aminu Sale expressed hope that the gesture would motivate and encourage the beneficiaries to become self reliant and not wait for white collar jobs We advise the beneficiaries to take the training very seriously and grasp all aspects of its packages This will enable them to optimise the opportunity made available to them as well as justify the investment being made on each of them by the Federal Government Sale said He said the training hinged on improved business management provision by trained artisans increased access to finance equipment and other business resources and formalised artisanal businesses Others are improved market support services by ministries departments agencies and stakeholders as well as satisfaction level of customers through improved service delivery NAN recalls that the Director General of the agency Mr Olawale Fasanya had flagged off the National Business Skills Development Initiative NBSDI on Tuesday in Katsina State Under the programme implemented in 36 states of the federation and the FCT a total of 3 330 entrepreneurs 90 from each state are expected to be trained and supported with empowerment materials NewsSourceCredit NAN
    SMEDAN trains 90 youths in 4 artisanal businesses in Jigawa
    Economy4 months ago

    SMEDAN trains 90 youths in 4 artisanal businesses in Jigawa

    The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) has commenced training of 90 youths in four artisanal businesses in Jigawa.

    The Deputy Director, Enterprise Development in the agency, Mr Ado Adamu, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria in Dutse on Wednesday.

    Adamu said the beneficiaries were selected from different parts of the state for the five-day training, which commenced on Monday.

    He said the beneficiaries would be impacted with entrepreneurship and vocational skills, as well as given materials.

    The deputy director added that the youths were being trained on laundry, tailoring, mobile phone repair and welding.

    According to him, each of the trainees will be given a starter pack and transport allowance to begin own business.

    In his remarks, the agency’s Manager in the state, Mr Aminu Sale, expressed hope that the gesture would motivate and encourage the beneficiaries to become self-reliant and not wait for white-collar jobs.

    “We advise the beneficiaries to take the training very seriously and grasp all aspects of its packages.

    “This will enable them to optimise the opportunity made available to them, as well as justify the investment being made on each of them by the Federal Government,” Sale said.

    He said the training hinged on improved business management provision by trained artisans, increased access to finance, equipment and other business resources and formalised artisanal businesses.

    Others are improved market support services by ministries, departments, agencies and stakeholders as well as satisfaction level of customers through improved service delivery.

    NAN recalls that the Director-General of the agency, Mr Olawale Fasanya, had flagged off the National Business Skills Development Initiative (NBSDI) on Tuesday in Katsina State.

    Under the programme implemented in 36 states of the federation and the FCT, a total of 3,330 entrepreneurs, 90 from each state, are expected to be trained and supported with empowerment materials.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   The Director General of the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria SMEDAN Mr Olawale Fasanya said that 3 330 entrepreneurs in the country would be supported with equipment Fasanya disclosed this on Tuesday during the official flag off ceremony of the National Skill Development Initiative NBSDI held in Katsina Represented by the Director Business Skill Development and Promotions of the agency Mr Monday Ewans the director general said that the programme was being implemented in all the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory FCT He said altogether 3 330 entrepreneurs would be impacted with entrepreneur and vocational skills as well as empowerment materials to the tune of 90 per cent of their required needs As at today similar programme is commencing simultaneously in all the states within the North West geopolitical zone of the country Katsina State was chosen specifically for the official flag off off ceremony in the zone in view of the state s strategic support for Medium and Small Scale Enterprises MSMEs within the zone At the end of the programme the participants would have acquired improved knowledge on business practice and service delivery increased access to finance equipment and other business resources among others he said Fasanya noted that it was in a bid to support MSMEs in a practical way that SMEDAN developed NBSDI aimed at providing entrepreneurship and vocational skills as well as providing equipment to the artisans He explained that the initiative would provide more professional knowledge to locally trained young artisans which would lead to a reduction in job losses to immigrants from neighbouring countries NewsSourceCredit NAN
    SMEDAN to support 3,330 entrepreneurs with skills, equipment – Official
      The Director General of the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria SMEDAN Mr Olawale Fasanya said that 3 330 entrepreneurs in the country would be supported with equipment Fasanya disclosed this on Tuesday during the official flag off ceremony of the National Skill Development Initiative NBSDI held in Katsina Represented by the Director Business Skill Development and Promotions of the agency Mr Monday Ewans the director general said that the programme was being implemented in all the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory FCT He said altogether 3 330 entrepreneurs would be impacted with entrepreneur and vocational skills as well as empowerment materials to the tune of 90 per cent of their required needs As at today similar programme is commencing simultaneously in all the states within the North West geopolitical zone of the country Katsina State was chosen specifically for the official flag off off ceremony in the zone in view of the state s strategic support for Medium and Small Scale Enterprises MSMEs within the zone At the end of the programme the participants would have acquired improved knowledge on business practice and service delivery increased access to finance equipment and other business resources among others he said Fasanya noted that it was in a bid to support MSMEs in a practical way that SMEDAN developed NBSDI aimed at providing entrepreneurship and vocational skills as well as providing equipment to the artisans He explained that the initiative would provide more professional knowledge to locally trained young artisans which would lead to a reduction in job losses to immigrants from neighbouring countries NewsSourceCredit NAN
    SMEDAN to support 3,330 entrepreneurs with skills, equipment – Official
    Economy4 months ago

    SMEDAN to support 3,330 entrepreneurs with skills, equipment – Official

     The Director-General of the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), Mr Olawale Fasanya, said that 3,330 entrepreneurs in the country would be supported with equipment.

    Fasanya disclosed this on Tuesday during the official flag-off ceremony of the National Skill Development Initiative ((NBSDI) held in Katsina.

    Represented by the Director, Business Skill Development and Promotions of the agency, Mr Monday Ewans, the director-general said that the programme was being implemented in all the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

    He said altogether 3,330 entrepreneurs would be impacted with entrepreneur and vocational skills, as well as empowerment materials to the tune of 90 per cent of their required needs.

    “As at today, similar programme is commencing simultaneously in all the states within the North-West geopolitical zone of the country.

    “Katsina State was chosen specifically for the official flag-off off ceremony in the zone in view of the state’s strategic support for Medium and Small Scale Enterprises (MSMEs) within the zone.

    “At the end of the programme, the participants would have acquired improved knowledge on business practice and service delivery, increased access to finance, equipment and other business resources, among others” he said.

    Fasanya noted that it was in a bid to support MSMEs in a practical way that SMEDAN developed NBSDI aimed at providing entrepreneurship and vocational skills, as well as providing equipment to the artisans.

    He explained that the initiative would provide more professional knowledge to locally trained young artisans which would lead to a reduction in job losses to immigrants from neighbouring countries.

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    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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