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  •  The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria SMEDAN has begun training of 90 persons in Kano on entrepreneurship skills The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the training is under its National Business Skills Development Initiative NBSDI and lasts for five days Mr Olawale Fasanya Director General SMEDAN at the official opening of the training on Monday in Kano said the programme was being implemented in the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory FCT to spur entrepreneurship Fasanya represented by Mrs Funto Babarinde Chief Enterprise Officer SMEDAN listed fashion and designing Catering hairdressing and make up as the trades to be learnt by the beneficiaries According to the Director General a total of 3 330 entrepreneurs would be impacted with entrepreneurship and vocational skills and empowerment materials nationwide at the rate of 90 per state including FCT He said it was in the bid to support the MSMEs in the most practical way that the agency developed the NBSDI to fill the capacity gap of the youth by enhancing their engagement in productive ventures The NBSDI enhances youth engagement in productive ventures thereby ensuring they earn income through filling the artisanal gap in Nigeria the DG said Fasanya said that after the training the participants would be empowered with equipment and materials to start their chosen businesses or improve them MSMEs account for the majority of the enterprises in Nigeria and the highest number of jobs created in the economy The state Commissioner for Commerce Alhaji Ibrahim Mukhtar urged the participants to develop a passion for the vocation they chose to learn Mukhtar said the training was coming at a time when Gov Abdullahi Ganduje had lined up many programs and policies to create jobs According to him the entrepreneurs will be employers of labour rather than employees One of the beneficiaries Amina Sani lauded SMEDAN for exposing them to modern skills She urged the government to patronize their various businesses to enable them to succeed NewsSourceCredit NAN
    SMEDAN trains women, youths on entrepreneurial skills in Kano
     The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria SMEDAN has begun training of 90 persons in Kano on entrepreneurship skills The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the training is under its National Business Skills Development Initiative NBSDI and lasts for five days Mr Olawale Fasanya Director General SMEDAN at the official opening of the training on Monday in Kano said the programme was being implemented in the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory FCT to spur entrepreneurship Fasanya represented by Mrs Funto Babarinde Chief Enterprise Officer SMEDAN listed fashion and designing Catering hairdressing and make up as the trades to be learnt by the beneficiaries According to the Director General a total of 3 330 entrepreneurs would be impacted with entrepreneurship and vocational skills and empowerment materials nationwide at the rate of 90 per state including FCT He said it was in the bid to support the MSMEs in the most practical way that the agency developed the NBSDI to fill the capacity gap of the youth by enhancing their engagement in productive ventures The NBSDI enhances youth engagement in productive ventures thereby ensuring they earn income through filling the artisanal gap in Nigeria the DG said Fasanya said that after the training the participants would be empowered with equipment and materials to start their chosen businesses or improve them MSMEs account for the majority of the enterprises in Nigeria and the highest number of jobs created in the economy The state Commissioner for Commerce Alhaji Ibrahim Mukhtar urged the participants to develop a passion for the vocation they chose to learn Mukhtar said the training was coming at a time when Gov Abdullahi Ganduje had lined up many programs and policies to create jobs According to him the entrepreneurs will be employers of labour rather than employees One of the beneficiaries Amina Sani lauded SMEDAN for exposing them to modern skills She urged the government to patronize their various businesses to enable them to succeed NewsSourceCredit NAN
    SMEDAN trains women, youths on entrepreneurial skills in Kano
    Economy4 months ago

    SMEDAN trains women, youths on entrepreneurial skills in Kano

    The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) has begun training of 90 persons in Kano on entrepreneurship skills.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the training is under its National Business Skills Development Initiative (NBSDI) and lasts for five days.

    Mr Olawale Fasanya, Director-General, SMEDAN, at the official opening of the training on Monday in Kano said the programme was being implemented in the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to spur entrepreneurship.

    Fasanya , represented by Mrs Funto Babarinde, Chief Enterprise Officer, SMEDAN, listed fashion and designing, Catering, hairdressing and make-up as the trades to be learnt by the beneficiaries.

    According to the Director-General, a total of 3,330 entrepreneurs would be impacted with entrepreneurship and vocational skills and empowerment materials nationwide at the rate of 90 per state including FCT.

    He said it was in the bid to support the MSMEs in the most practical way that the agency developed the NBSDI to fill the capacity gap of the youth by enhancing their engagement in productive ventures.

    “The NBSDI enhances youth engagement in productive ventures, thereby ensuring they earn income through filling the artisanal gap in Nigeria,” the DG said.

    Fasanya said that after the training, the participants would be empowered with equipment and materials to start their chosen businesses or improve them.

    MSMEs account for the majority of the enterprises in Nigeria and the highest number of jobs created in the economy.

    The state Commissioner for Commerce, Alhaji Ibrahim Mukhtar, urged the participants to develop a passion for the vocation they chose to learn.

    Mukhtar said the training was coming at a time when Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje had lined up many programs and policies to create jobs.

    According to him, the entrepreneurs will be employers of labour, rather than employees.

    One of the beneficiaries, Amina Sani, lauded SMEDAN for exposing them to modern skills.

    She urged the government to patronize their various businesses to enable them to succeed.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria SMEDAN on Monday began a two week vocational training for 90 unemployed youths and women in Zamfara The agency cautioned the participants to avoid selling of starter kits to be given to them after the training The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the training is organised under National Business Skills Development Initiative NBSDI programme of the agency Speaking while opening the training the Director General of the Agency Mr Olawale Fasanya said the programme was taking place in all seven states in the North West Fasanya represented by the Assistant Chief Enterprise Officer Enterprise Development and Promotion Department of the agency Mr Ishaq Hamis said the training was one of the SMEDAN activities to facilitate the development of Small and Medium Scales Enterprises SMEs in the country We learned from many programmes of the agency that after the training the beneficieries sell all the empowerment tools given to them by the agency After this training we are going to support you with starter kits I am calling on you to avoid selling or misusing them Let s utilise the equipment to be given to you so that in future you would be able to expand your businesses for you to be employers of labour in future The DG SMEDAN said He said the programme was aimed at supporting youths that had the initiatives but didn t have the equipment and resources Following the outcome of the need assessment conducted in this state by the agency we were able to identify three skills for this training The identified skills were Design Catering Services and Handsets Repairs We were able to select 90 participants from across the 14 local government areas of the state he added He called on the participants to pay attention and utilise the empowerment tools to be given to them after the training In his remarks the State Commissioner for Commerce and Industry Yazid Danfulani commended the agency for the training Danfulani represented by the Director Industry Zamfara State Ministry of Commerce and Industry Muntari Garba said the government welcomed the gesture as it would help in reducing unemployment among youths in the state On behalf of the state government under the leadership of Gov Bello Matawalle we are ready to continue to partner with the agency to promote small and medium scale enterprises in the state the Commissioner added The Head of Zamfara SMEDAN office Malam Sanusi Bello appreciated the agency for organising the training in the state Bello noted that the agency had reduced reasonable percentage of unemployment among youths in the state through various initiated programmes In a goodwill message Zamfara State Chairman National Association of Small Scale Industries Sanusi Muhammad said the training would promote production and add value to local products Muhammad commended SMEDAN and the state government for their collaboration in building future of the participants NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Skills acquisition: SMEDAN trains youths, women in Zamfara, cautions against sale of starter kits 
     The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria SMEDAN on Monday began a two week vocational training for 90 unemployed youths and women in Zamfara The agency cautioned the participants to avoid selling of starter kits to be given to them after the training The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the training is organised under National Business Skills Development Initiative NBSDI programme of the agency Speaking while opening the training the Director General of the Agency Mr Olawale Fasanya said the programme was taking place in all seven states in the North West Fasanya represented by the Assistant Chief Enterprise Officer Enterprise Development and Promotion Department of the agency Mr Ishaq Hamis said the training was one of the SMEDAN activities to facilitate the development of Small and Medium Scales Enterprises SMEs in the country We learned from many programmes of the agency that after the training the beneficieries sell all the empowerment tools given to them by the agency After this training we are going to support you with starter kits I am calling on you to avoid selling or misusing them Let s utilise the equipment to be given to you so that in future you would be able to expand your businesses for you to be employers of labour in future The DG SMEDAN said He said the programme was aimed at supporting youths that had the initiatives but didn t have the equipment and resources Following the outcome of the need assessment conducted in this state by the agency we were able to identify three skills for this training The identified skills were Design Catering Services and Handsets Repairs We were able to select 90 participants from across the 14 local government areas of the state he added He called on the participants to pay attention and utilise the empowerment tools to be given to them after the training In his remarks the State Commissioner for Commerce and Industry Yazid Danfulani commended the agency for the training Danfulani represented by the Director Industry Zamfara State Ministry of Commerce and Industry Muntari Garba said the government welcomed the gesture as it would help in reducing unemployment among youths in the state On behalf of the state government under the leadership of Gov Bello Matawalle we are ready to continue to partner with the agency to promote small and medium scale enterprises in the state the Commissioner added The Head of Zamfara SMEDAN office Malam Sanusi Bello appreciated the agency for organising the training in the state Bello noted that the agency had reduced reasonable percentage of unemployment among youths in the state through various initiated programmes In a goodwill message Zamfara State Chairman National Association of Small Scale Industries Sanusi Muhammad said the training would promote production and add value to local products Muhammad commended SMEDAN and the state government for their collaboration in building future of the participants NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Skills acquisition: SMEDAN trains youths, women in Zamfara, cautions against sale of starter kits 
    General news4 months ago

    Skills acquisition: SMEDAN trains youths, women in Zamfara, cautions against sale of starter kits 

    The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) on Monday began a two-week vocational training for 90 unemployed youths and women in Zamfara.

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

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the training is organised under National Business Skills Development Initiative (NBSDI) programme of the agency.

    Speaking while opening the training, the Director General of the Agency, Mr Olawale Fasanya, said the programme was taking place in all seven states in the North West.Fasanya, represented by the Assistant Chief Enterprise Officer, Enterprise Development and Promotion Department of the agency, Mr Ishaq Hamis said the training was one of the SMEDAN activities to facilitate the development of Small and Medium Scales Enterprises (SMEs) in the country.

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

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

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

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

    He said the programme was aimed at supporting youths that had the initiatives but didn’t have the equipment and resources.

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

    “The identified skills were Design, Catering Services and Handsets Repairs.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    In a goodwill message, Zamfara State Chairman, National Association of Small Scale Industries, Sanusi Muhammad, said the training would promote production and add value to local products.

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

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria SMEDAN has begun the training of 90 entrepreneurs on fashion designing in Kaduna State under its National Business Skills Development Initiative NBSDI The Director General of the agency Mr Olawale Fasanya said this at the inauguration of the training exercise on Monday in Kaduna He said the trainees would also be exposed to welding and fabrication adding that the programme would increased artisanal businesses among the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises MSMEs Represented by Mr Haruna Shuaibu NBSDI s Coordinator in the state Fasanya said that globally emphasis had shifted from paid employment to skills acquisition He said the programme seek to develop and increase the skills of the participants in fashion designing welding and fabrication for self sustainability Fasanya said the choice of fashion designing welding and fabrication was due to it s high demand in the society When people are not employed or engaged in legal activities that would earn them a living it is natural they resort to crime and illegalities for sustainability To reduce that level of restivness especially amongst the youths we developed the NBSDI as our own contribution to take youths off the street he said He noted that the expected outcome of the programme would be the improvement of business management practices and increased patronage of Nigerian artisans The programme he said focused at increasing the number of formalised artisanal businesses improved market support services by relevant agencies and stakeholders to MSMEs He said the agency trained 145 persons in various skills in 2021 in a bid to reduce rate of unemployment which resulted to crimes According to Fasanya SMEDAN through the NBSDI programne will provide entrepreneurship skills and empowerment kits to fill the capacity gap among the youths Also in the same vein the agency is implementing the Conditional Grant Scheme CGS for micro enterprises in Nigeria This programme is aimed at formalising a majority of the micro enterprises that are mostly operating in the informal sector The programme which involves capacity building registration of the micro enterprises with the CAC provision of micro insurance opening of bank accounts and provision of N50 000 grant each has so far been implemented in 22 states where over 40 000 entrepreneurs have been impacted he said Also speaking Prof Kabir Mato the state Comissioner for Business Innovation and Technology said the state goverment had adopted sound programmes to cater for the needs of the MSMEs especially through provision of skills to boost their businesses Mato represented by Dr Mustapha Shittu of the Kaduna Enterprises Development Agency said the MSMEs would key into the programme for their benefit He reiterated government committment to encourage growth of MSMEs to reduce poverty provide job opportunitues and enhance wealth creation in the state Mr Ibrahim Ismail one of the beneficiaries lauded the gesture adding that the training would broaden their knowledge and skills He pledged to ensure effective utilisation of the equipment which would be given to them at the end of the exercise to expand his business The News Agency of Nigeria reports that 3 330 entrepreneurs are participating in the NBSDI programme across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory FCT NewsSourceCredit NAN
    SMEDAN trains 90 entrepreneurs in fashion design in Kaduna State
     The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria SMEDAN has begun the training of 90 entrepreneurs on fashion designing in Kaduna State under its National Business Skills Development Initiative NBSDI The Director General of the agency Mr Olawale Fasanya said this at the inauguration of the training exercise on Monday in Kaduna He said the trainees would also be exposed to welding and fabrication adding that the programme would increased artisanal businesses among the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises MSMEs Represented by Mr Haruna Shuaibu NBSDI s Coordinator in the state Fasanya said that globally emphasis had shifted from paid employment to skills acquisition He said the programme seek to develop and increase the skills of the participants in fashion designing welding and fabrication for self sustainability Fasanya said the choice of fashion designing welding and fabrication was due to it s high demand in the society When people are not employed or engaged in legal activities that would earn them a living it is natural they resort to crime and illegalities for sustainability To reduce that level of restivness especially amongst the youths we developed the NBSDI as our own contribution to take youths off the street he said He noted that the expected outcome of the programme would be the improvement of business management practices and increased patronage of Nigerian artisans The programme he said focused at increasing the number of formalised artisanal businesses improved market support services by relevant agencies and stakeholders to MSMEs He said the agency trained 145 persons in various skills in 2021 in a bid to reduce rate of unemployment which resulted to crimes According to Fasanya SMEDAN through the NBSDI programne will provide entrepreneurship skills and empowerment kits to fill the capacity gap among the youths Also in the same vein the agency is implementing the Conditional Grant Scheme CGS for micro enterprises in Nigeria This programme is aimed at formalising a majority of the micro enterprises that are mostly operating in the informal sector The programme which involves capacity building registration of the micro enterprises with the CAC provision of micro insurance opening of bank accounts and provision of N50 000 grant each has so far been implemented in 22 states where over 40 000 entrepreneurs have been impacted he said Also speaking Prof Kabir Mato the state Comissioner for Business Innovation and Technology said the state goverment had adopted sound programmes to cater for the needs of the MSMEs especially through provision of skills to boost their businesses Mato represented by Dr Mustapha Shittu of the Kaduna Enterprises Development Agency said the MSMEs would key into the programme for their benefit He reiterated government committment to encourage growth of MSMEs to reduce poverty provide job opportunitues and enhance wealth creation in the state Mr Ibrahim Ismail one of the beneficiaries lauded the gesture adding that the training would broaden their knowledge and skills He pledged to ensure effective utilisation of the equipment which would be given to them at the end of the exercise to expand his business The News Agency of Nigeria reports that 3 330 entrepreneurs are participating in the NBSDI programme across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory FCT NewsSourceCredit NAN
    SMEDAN trains 90 entrepreneurs in fashion design in Kaduna State
    Economy4 months ago

    SMEDAN trains 90 entrepreneurs in fashion design in Kaduna State

    The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) has begun the training of 90 entrepreneurs on fashion designing in Kaduna State, under its National Business Skills Development Initiative (NBSDI).

    The Director-General of the agency, Mr Olawale Fasanya, said this at the inauguration of the training exercise on Monday in Kaduna.

    He said the trainees would also be exposed to welding and fabrication, adding that the programme would increased artisanal businesses among the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).

    Represented by Mr Haruna Shuaibu, NBSDI’s Coordinator in the state, Fasanya said that globally, emphasis had shifted from paid employment to skills acquisition.

    He said the programme seek to develop and increase the skills of the participants in fashion designing, welding and fabrication for self sustainability.

    Fasanya said the choice of fashion designing, welding and fabrication was due to it’s high demand in the society.

    “When people are not employed or engaged in legal activities that would earn them a living, it is natural they resort to crime and illegalities for sustainability.

    “To reduce that level of restivness, especially amongst the youths, we developed the NBSDI as our own contribution to take youths off the street,” he said.

    He noted that the expected outcome of the programme would be the improvement of business management practices and increased patronage of Nigerian artisans.

    The programme, he said focused at increasing the number of formalised artisanal businesses, improved market support services by relevant agencies and stakeholders to MSMEs. He said the agency trained 145 persons in various skills in 2021, in a bid to reduce rate of unemployment which resulted to crimes.

    According to Fasanya, SMEDAN through the NBSDI programne will provide entrepreneurship skills and empowerment kits to fill the capacity gap among the youths.

    “Also in the same vein, the agency is implementing the Conditional Grant Scheme (CGS), for micro enterprises in Nigeria.

    “This programme is aimed at formalising a majority of the micro enterprises that are mostly operating in the informal sector.

    “The programme, which involves capacity building, registration of the micro enterprises with the CAC, provision of micro insurance, opening of bank accounts and provision of N50,000 grant each has so far been implemented in 22 states where over 40,000 entrepreneurs have been impacted,” he said.

    Also speaking, Prof. Kabir Mato, the state Comissioner for Business Innovation and Technology, said the state goverment had adopted sound programmes to cater for the needs of the MSMEs, especially through provision of skills to boost their businesses.

    Mato, represented by Dr Mustapha Shittu of the Kaduna Enterprises Development Agency, said the MSMEs would key into the programme for their benefit.

    He reiterated government committment to encourage growth of MSMEs, to reduce poverty, provide job opportunitues and enhance wealth creation in the state.

    Mr Ibrahim Ismail, one of the beneficiaries, lauded the gesture, adding that the training would broaden their knowledge and skills.

    He pledged to ensure effective utilisation of the equipment which would be given to them at the end of the exercise to expand his business.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that 3,330 entrepreneurs are participating in the NBSDI programme across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Director General D G of Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency SMEDAN Mr Olawale Fasanya has vowed to create a positive shift in the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises MSMEs development narratives in Nigeria Fasanya made the commitment on Tuesday during an interactive session between SMEDAN the Guild of Corporate Online Publishers and selected newsmen in Lagos According to Fasanya his appointment as D G is the first time a staff of the agency will be at the helm of affairs to drive the sustainable and inclusive development of the subsector He said that the agency having existed for close to two decades has produced four D Gs to pilot the structured sustainable and efficient development of MSMEs in Nigeria The import of this is that expectations from stakeholders are expectedly and justifiably high to help address the problems of MSMEs in Nigeria Having worked very closely with all the past D Gs I owe it a duty to build on the foundations laid by my predecessors so as to cause a positive shift in the MSMEs development narratives in Nigeria It is in view of this that I have the rare priviledge of engaging with you to enable me share my vision for this very important but highly endangered sector of Nigeria s economy and also get feedbacks from you It may interest you to learn that I have already started engaging with the Staff of the agency and other MSME enabling Stakeholders It is going to be continuous both locally and internationally I will be paying courtesy visits to key agencies of government and non government stakeholders Fasanya said He said that the last report of the National Survey of MSMEs put the total number of enterprises in the sub sector at well over 39 million He said that this number has been providing a total of over 61 million employments and about 49 per cent of total Gross Domestic Product GDP in Nigeria As important as the sub sector is to the national economy it is still encumbered with several challenges which the COVID 19 pandemic and the on going war have further worsened Fasanya said According to him the challenges of MSMEs usually border on access to finance market equipment information technical and entrepreneurial skills and workspace He said that the challenges listed above informed the establishment of SMEDAN through the SMIDA Act in 2003 Fasanya recalled that there were programmes and projects in the agency that were carefully designed to address some of the challenges of MSMEs He however said that t has become necessary to start reviewing such based on the feedbacks that on going engagements from the MSMEs will give us The D G said that capable competent skilled and healthy workforce is germane in driving sustainable development in the agency under his watch In this regard I have instructed the appropriate department to put in place specific trainings to bridge identified gaps among staff I have also directed that every staff of the Agency must be afforded an opportunity to check their health status at least twice a year This will help in early detection of ailments that could become life threatening and with negative impacts on staff productivity Fasanya said He said that as part of revolutionising MSME operation in the country SMEDAN has submitted a proposal to the Developing 8 The D 8 is an international organisation specifically established development cooperation among the following countries Bangladesh Egypt Indonesia Iran Malaysia Nigeria Pakistan and Turkey This is intended to help promote encourage advance and support the activities of MSMEs at the national level as well as within the D 8 region to further strengthen economic trade and commercial integration and linkages He said that the present location of the Agency s headquarters has become very inadequate and not easily accessible because of the massive vehicular traffic He explained that the relocation which is to begin towards the end of the year will create space for the agency s proposed Micro Finance Bank MSME Innovation Hub Training Resource Centre SMEDAN FCT office etc Fasanya said that the establishment of the SMEDAN Micro Finance Bank is aimed at addressing the peculiar challenges of MSMEs with regards to access to funds He said that the Agency had in the time past advocated for special funding window for MSMEs but this has not been achieved even with the creation of some development banks NewsSourceCredit NAN
    SMEDAN DG vows to change MSMEs development narrative
     The Director General D G of Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency SMEDAN Mr Olawale Fasanya has vowed to create a positive shift in the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises MSMEs development narratives in Nigeria Fasanya made the commitment on Tuesday during an interactive session between SMEDAN the Guild of Corporate Online Publishers and selected newsmen in Lagos According to Fasanya his appointment as D G is the first time a staff of the agency will be at the helm of affairs to drive the sustainable and inclusive development of the subsector He said that the agency having existed for close to two decades has produced four D Gs to pilot the structured sustainable and efficient development of MSMEs in Nigeria The import of this is that expectations from stakeholders are expectedly and justifiably high to help address the problems of MSMEs in Nigeria Having worked very closely with all the past D Gs I owe it a duty to build on the foundations laid by my predecessors so as to cause a positive shift in the MSMEs development narratives in Nigeria It is in view of this that I have the rare priviledge of engaging with you to enable me share my vision for this very important but highly endangered sector of Nigeria s economy and also get feedbacks from you It may interest you to learn that I have already started engaging with the Staff of the agency and other MSME enabling Stakeholders It is going to be continuous both locally and internationally I will be paying courtesy visits to key agencies of government and non government stakeholders Fasanya said He said that the last report of the National Survey of MSMEs put the total number of enterprises in the sub sector at well over 39 million He said that this number has been providing a total of over 61 million employments and about 49 per cent of total Gross Domestic Product GDP in Nigeria As important as the sub sector is to the national economy it is still encumbered with several challenges which the COVID 19 pandemic and the on going war have further worsened Fasanya said According to him the challenges of MSMEs usually border on access to finance market equipment information technical and entrepreneurial skills and workspace He said that the challenges listed above informed the establishment of SMEDAN through the SMIDA Act in 2003 Fasanya recalled that there were programmes and projects in the agency that were carefully designed to address some of the challenges of MSMEs He however said that t has become necessary to start reviewing such based on the feedbacks that on going engagements from the MSMEs will give us The D G said that capable competent skilled and healthy workforce is germane in driving sustainable development in the agency under his watch In this regard I have instructed the appropriate department to put in place specific trainings to bridge identified gaps among staff I have also directed that every staff of the Agency must be afforded an opportunity to check their health status at least twice a year This will help in early detection of ailments that could become life threatening and with negative impacts on staff productivity Fasanya said He said that as part of revolutionising MSME operation in the country SMEDAN has submitted a proposal to the Developing 8 The D 8 is an international organisation specifically established development cooperation among the following countries Bangladesh Egypt Indonesia Iran Malaysia Nigeria Pakistan and Turkey This is intended to help promote encourage advance and support the activities of MSMEs at the national level as well as within the D 8 region to further strengthen economic trade and commercial integration and linkages He said that the present location of the Agency s headquarters has become very inadequate and not easily accessible because of the massive vehicular traffic He explained that the relocation which is to begin towards the end of the year will create space for the agency s proposed Micro Finance Bank MSME Innovation Hub Training Resource Centre SMEDAN FCT office etc Fasanya said that the establishment of the SMEDAN Micro Finance Bank is aimed at addressing the peculiar challenges of MSMEs with regards to access to funds He said that the Agency had in the time past advocated for special funding window for MSMEs but this has not been achieved even with the creation of some development banks NewsSourceCredit NAN
    SMEDAN DG vows to change MSMEs development narrative
    Economy5 months ago

    SMEDAN DG vows to change MSMEs development narrative

    The Director-General (D-G) of Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency (SMEDAN), Mr Olawale Fasanya, has vowed to create a positive shift in the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) development narratives in Nigeria.

    Fasanya made the commitment on Tuesday during an interactive session between SMEDAN, the Guild of Corporate Online Publishers and selected newsmen in Lagos.

    According to Fasanya, his appointment as D-G is the first time a staff of the agency will be at the helm of affairs to drive the  sustainable and inclusive development of the subsector.

    He said that the agency, having existed for close to two decades, has produced four D-Gs to pilot the structured, sustainable and efficient development of MSMEs in Nigeria.

    “The import of this is that expectations from stakeholders are expectedly and justifiably high to help address the problems of MSMEs in Nigeria.

    “Having worked very closely with all the past D-Gs, I owe it a duty to build on the foundations laid by my predecessors so as to cause a positive shift in the MSMEs development narratives in Nigeria.

    “It is in view of this that I have the rare priviledge of engaging with you to enable me share my vision for this very important but highly endangered sector of Nigeria’s economy and also get feedbacks from you.

    “It may interest you to learn that I have already started engaging with the Staff of the agency and other MSME-enabling Stakeholders.

    It is going to be continuous both locally and internationally.

    “I will be paying courtesy visits to key agencies of government and non-government stakeholders,” Fasanya said.

    He said that the last report of the National Survey of MSMEs put the total number of enterprises in the sub-sector at well over 39 million.

    He said that this number has been  providing a total of over 61 million employments and about 49 per cent of total Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in Nigeria.

    “As important as the sub-sector is to the national economy, it is still encumbered with several challenges which the COVID-19 pandemic and the on-going war have further worsened,” Fasanya said.

    According to him, the challenges of MSMEs usually border on access to finance, market, equipment, information, technical and entrepreneurial skills and workspace.

    He said that the challenges listed above informed the establishment of SMEDAN through the SMIDA Act in 2003.

    Fasanya recalled that there were programmes and projects in the agency that were carefully designed to address some of the challenges of MSMEs. He, however, said that t has become necessary to start reviewing such based on the feedbacks that on-going engagements from the MSMEs will give us.

    The D-G said that capable, competent, skilled and healthy workforce is germane in driving sustainable development in the agency under his watch.

    “In this regard, I have instructed the appropriate department to put in place specific trainings to bridge identified gaps among staff.

    “I have also directed that every staff of the Agency must be afforded an opportunity to check their health status at least twice a year.

    “This will help in early detection of ailments that could become life threatening and with negative impacts on staff productivity,” Fasanya said.

    He said that as part of revolutionising MSME operation in the country, SMEDAN has submitted a proposal to the Developing-8.

    The D-8 is an international organisation specifically established  development cooperation among the following countries: Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Turkey.

    “This is intended to help promote, encourage, advance and support the activities of MSMEs at the national level as well as within the D-8 region to further strengthen economic, trade and commercial integration and linkages.

    He said that the present location of the Agency’s headquarters has become very inadequate and not easily accessible because of the massive vehicular traffic.

    He explained that the relocation, which is to begin towards the end of the year will create space for the agency’s proposed Micro Finance Bank, MSME Innovation Hub, Training Resource Centre, SMEDAN FCT office, etc.

    Fasanya said that the establishment of the SMEDAN Micro Finance Bank is aimed at addressing the peculiar challenges of MSMEs with regards to access to funds.

    He said that the Agency had in the time past advocated for special funding window for MSMEs but this has not been achieved even with the creation of some development banks.

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  •  The Director General of the Industrial Training Fund ITF Mr Joseph Ari says institutionalising apprenticeship and traineeship will address the high rate of poverty and unemployment Ari said this on Thursday in Abuja at the Second National Skills programme with the theme Institutionalising Apprecenticiship and Traineeship for National Development According to him the increasing rate of unemployment and poverty is a wakeup call for all including ITF which core mandate is skills development to seek lasting solution He said the choice of this theme was deliberate because of soaring unemployment and poverty in Nigeria and how we can apply apprenticeship in resolving it This is bearing in mind how well it worked miracles for countries that took that route when they contended with issues such as we are facing now Ari said repositioning apprenticeship would help tackle increasing poverty and unemployment as indicated by the National Bureau of Statistics NBS The NBS in its Labour Force Statistics Unemployment and Underemployment Report of Q4 2020 unemployed persons in the economically active or working age 15 to 65 was 122 049 400 Of this number 69 675 468 were willing to work but only 46 488 079 were in paid employment What could be inferred from the survey is that more than 23 million Nigerians that were perhaps qualified and willing to work were without jobs It also shows that the unemployment rate among the youth 15 to 35 years was up by eight per cent It rose from 34 9 per cent to 42 5 per cent which is the highest among other age groupings within the period under review he said Ari expressed concern that in spite of the high unemployment rate rather than absence of jobs vacancies still existed in several sectors He said that a Skills Gap Assessment of six priority sectors revealed that some vacancies could not be filled by Nigerians because of lack of requisite skills The question that arises from this paradox is how can we plug these gaps using apprenticeship The answer to this question can be found in countries such as Germany China Australia USA and others These countries at various times faced similar challenges such as we are contending with What they did was to pour greater investments in skills acquisition and apprenticeship training he said While citing instances of how countries like Germany scaled the hurdle the director general said they saw potential in apprenticeship and took advantage of it In Germany about two decades ago there was mass unemployment with roughly five million unemployed people and low employment rates Today nearly two thirds of young Germans are enrolled in apprenticeships once they leave full time education using the German Dual Vocational and educational training DVT he said England in 2009 made concerted efforts to increase the number of apprenticeships to combat youth unemployment by creating National Apprenticeship Service Between 2009 and 2014 the number of active apprentices in the country doubled from 444 800 to 851 500 While France in 2020 alone spent more than a billion Euros to boost its apprenticeship programmes Ari explained that apprenticeship had been an age long tradition and an institution in Nigeria He said that it was a common feature in the traditional setting to see people engage in vocations like farming carving carpentry catering and building among others He however expressed concern that the potential of apprenticeship in tackling unemployment and poverty had not been fully actualised in Nigeria The director general said the traditional apprenticeship which was still being practised in Nigeria was not viable enough to curb issues of unemployment and other societal problems Ari said it was in the realisation of the numerous benefits of apprenticeship that ITF took the lead in collaboration with critical stakeholders to ensure its institutionalisation He commended the Federal Government for establishing ITF to help harness potential in vocational skills to effect the needed change Ari said in its fifty years of existence ITF had pursued its mandate with single mindedness and vigour He said that ITF had trained more than 22 million Nigerians whose contributions to the growth of the various sectors of the economy could not be quantified According to him ITF liaised with a total of 1 353 companies for promotion of in company apprenticeship activities between 2010 and 2019 alone He stressed that the fund visited and appraised 1 146 companies to determine their potential to conduct apprentice training in identified trade areas In addition it harmonised 444 existing In company apprenticeship schemes of companies in line with the ITF National Apprenticeship scheme It also installed the scheme in 286 companies as well as monitored 831 companies leading to the training of 36 397 most of whom are gainfully employed The ITF boss disclosed that the fund was currently working on bringing in skills intervention programmes like National Industrial Skills Development Programme NISDP He said that Women Skills Empowerment Programme WOSEP and Passion to Profession Programme P2PP were being considered among others Ari called on curriculum planners and employers associations to design youth apprenticeship programmes among other suggestions He expressed optimism that the programme would provide the platform to articulate strategies for a robust apprenticeship scheme in Nigeria The Minister of Industry Trade and Investment Adeniyi Adebayo commended ITF s commitment to creating avenues for dialogue on ways of enhancing skills acquisition He lauded the convening of the programme saying its theme aligned with efforts by the Federal Government to resolve challenges linked with rising unemployment and poverty Adebayo who was represented by the Minister of State for Industry Trade and Investment Maryam Katagum commended ITF for being one of the foremost agencies under the ministry You may be aware that the Federal Government has through its Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs initiated and implemented a number of programmes Programmes that have recorded positive results especially in terms of uplifting the living standards of Nigerians as well as developing national economy What government however finds worrisome is that although most of our programmes get expected outcomes in terms of jobs created Nigerians with the requisite skills are lacking he said The minister assured of the ministry s commitment to implementing resolutions that would emerge from the summit The Chairman Oil and Gas Free Zone Dr Chris Asoluka said the move toward institutionalising apprecenticiship and traineeship for national development was achievable Asoluka who was the theme paper presenter urged the director general of ITF to assemble the best brains and people who shared in his vision to come up with workable framework He said that a properly planned framework would engender better policy or law that would drive the idea and ensure effective implementation Meanwhile goodwill messages were delivered by the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development Pauline Tallen and Mr Olawale Fasanya Director General Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria SMEDAN Other critical stakeholders including the Nigeria Employers Consultative Association NECA and the British High Commission to Nigeria also delivered their goodwill messages They all expressed commitment to working with ITF to upscale job creation while drastically reducing poverty in Nigeria The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the programme which had two plenary sessions had discussants who spoke on developing functional framework for national apprenticeship and traineeship scheme The discussants also spoke on the issues and prospects of apprenticeship and traineeship scheme in Nigeria The ITF was established by the Federal Government to set and regulate training standards and offer direct training intervention among others NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Institutionalising apprenticeship panacea for tackling poverty, unemployment— ITF boss
     The Director General of the Industrial Training Fund ITF Mr Joseph Ari says institutionalising apprenticeship and traineeship will address the high rate of poverty and unemployment Ari said this on Thursday in Abuja at the Second National Skills programme with the theme Institutionalising Apprecenticiship and Traineeship for National Development According to him the increasing rate of unemployment and poverty is a wakeup call for all including ITF which core mandate is skills development to seek lasting solution He said the choice of this theme was deliberate because of soaring unemployment and poverty in Nigeria and how we can apply apprenticeship in resolving it This is bearing in mind how well it worked miracles for countries that took that route when they contended with issues such as we are facing now Ari said repositioning apprenticeship would help tackle increasing poverty and unemployment as indicated by the National Bureau of Statistics NBS The NBS in its Labour Force Statistics Unemployment and Underemployment Report of Q4 2020 unemployed persons in the economically active or working age 15 to 65 was 122 049 400 Of this number 69 675 468 were willing to work but only 46 488 079 were in paid employment What could be inferred from the survey is that more than 23 million Nigerians that were perhaps qualified and willing to work were without jobs It also shows that the unemployment rate among the youth 15 to 35 years was up by eight per cent It rose from 34 9 per cent to 42 5 per cent which is the highest among other age groupings within the period under review he said Ari expressed concern that in spite of the high unemployment rate rather than absence of jobs vacancies still existed in several sectors He said that a Skills Gap Assessment of six priority sectors revealed that some vacancies could not be filled by Nigerians because of lack of requisite skills The question that arises from this paradox is how can we plug these gaps using apprenticeship The answer to this question can be found in countries such as Germany China Australia USA and others These countries at various times faced similar challenges such as we are contending with What they did was to pour greater investments in skills acquisition and apprenticeship training he said While citing instances of how countries like Germany scaled the hurdle the director general said they saw potential in apprenticeship and took advantage of it In Germany about two decades ago there was mass unemployment with roughly five million unemployed people and low employment rates Today nearly two thirds of young Germans are enrolled in apprenticeships once they leave full time education using the German Dual Vocational and educational training DVT he said England in 2009 made concerted efforts to increase the number of apprenticeships to combat youth unemployment by creating National Apprenticeship Service Between 2009 and 2014 the number of active apprentices in the country doubled from 444 800 to 851 500 While France in 2020 alone spent more than a billion Euros to boost its apprenticeship programmes Ari explained that apprenticeship had been an age long tradition and an institution in Nigeria He said that it was a common feature in the traditional setting to see people engage in vocations like farming carving carpentry catering and building among others He however expressed concern that the potential of apprenticeship in tackling unemployment and poverty had not been fully actualised in Nigeria The director general said the traditional apprenticeship which was still being practised in Nigeria was not viable enough to curb issues of unemployment and other societal problems Ari said it was in the realisation of the numerous benefits of apprenticeship that ITF took the lead in collaboration with critical stakeholders to ensure its institutionalisation He commended the Federal Government for establishing ITF to help harness potential in vocational skills to effect the needed change Ari said in its fifty years of existence ITF had pursued its mandate with single mindedness and vigour He said that ITF had trained more than 22 million Nigerians whose contributions to the growth of the various sectors of the economy could not be quantified According to him ITF liaised with a total of 1 353 companies for promotion of in company apprenticeship activities between 2010 and 2019 alone He stressed that the fund visited and appraised 1 146 companies to determine their potential to conduct apprentice training in identified trade areas In addition it harmonised 444 existing In company apprenticeship schemes of companies in line with the ITF National Apprenticeship scheme It also installed the scheme in 286 companies as well as monitored 831 companies leading to the training of 36 397 most of whom are gainfully employed The ITF boss disclosed that the fund was currently working on bringing in skills intervention programmes like National Industrial Skills Development Programme NISDP He said that Women Skills Empowerment Programme WOSEP and Passion to Profession Programme P2PP were being considered among others Ari called on curriculum planners and employers associations to design youth apprenticeship programmes among other suggestions He expressed optimism that the programme would provide the platform to articulate strategies for a robust apprenticeship scheme in Nigeria The Minister of Industry Trade and Investment Adeniyi Adebayo commended ITF s commitment to creating avenues for dialogue on ways of enhancing skills acquisition He lauded the convening of the programme saying its theme aligned with efforts by the Federal Government to resolve challenges linked with rising unemployment and poverty Adebayo who was represented by the Minister of State for Industry Trade and Investment Maryam Katagum commended ITF for being one of the foremost agencies under the ministry You may be aware that the Federal Government has through its Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs initiated and implemented a number of programmes Programmes that have recorded positive results especially in terms of uplifting the living standards of Nigerians as well as developing national economy What government however finds worrisome is that although most of our programmes get expected outcomes in terms of jobs created Nigerians with the requisite skills are lacking he said The minister assured of the ministry s commitment to implementing resolutions that would emerge from the summit The Chairman Oil and Gas Free Zone Dr Chris Asoluka said the move toward institutionalising apprecenticiship and traineeship for national development was achievable Asoluka who was the theme paper presenter urged the director general of ITF to assemble the best brains and people who shared in his vision to come up with workable framework He said that a properly planned framework would engender better policy or law that would drive the idea and ensure effective implementation Meanwhile goodwill messages were delivered by the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development Pauline Tallen and Mr Olawale Fasanya Director General Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria SMEDAN Other critical stakeholders including the Nigeria Employers Consultative Association NECA and the British High Commission to Nigeria also delivered their goodwill messages They all expressed commitment to working with ITF to upscale job creation while drastically reducing poverty in Nigeria The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the programme which had two plenary sessions had discussants who spoke on developing functional framework for national apprenticeship and traineeship scheme The discussants also spoke on the issues and prospects of apprenticeship and traineeship scheme in Nigeria The ITF was established by the Federal Government to set and regulate training standards and offer direct training intervention among others NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Institutionalising apprenticeship panacea for tackling poverty, unemployment— ITF boss
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    Institutionalising apprenticeship panacea for tackling poverty, unemployment— ITF boss

    The Director-General of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Mr Joseph Ari says institutionalising apprenticeship and traineeship will address the high rate of poverty and unemployment.

    Ari said this on Thursday in Abuja at the Second National Skills programme with the theme, “Institutionalising Apprecenticiship and Traineeship for National Development”.

    According to him, the increasing rate of unemployment and poverty is a wakeup call for all including ITF, which core mandate is skills development to seek lasting solution.

    He said the choice of this theme was deliberate because of soaring unemployment and poverty in Nigeria and how we can apply apprenticeship in resolving it.

    “This is bearing in mind how well it worked miracles for countries that took that route when they contended with issues such as we are facing now.”

    Ari said repositioning apprenticeship would help tackle increasing poverty and unemployment as indicated by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

    The NBS in its Labour Force Statistics, Unemployment and Underemployment Report of Q4 2020, unemployed persons in the economically active or working age, 15 to 65 was 122,049,400.

    “Of this number, 69, 675,468 were willing to work, but only 46,488,079 were in paid employment.

    “What could be inferred from the survey is that more than 23 million Nigerians that were perhaps qualified and willing to work were without jobs.

    “It also shows that the unemployment rate among the youth, 15 to 35 years, was up by eight per cent.

    “It rose from 34.9 per cent to 42.5 per cent, which is the highest among other age groupings within the period under review,” he said.

    Ari expressed concern that in spite of the high unemployment rate, rather than absence of jobs, vacancies still existed in several sectors.

    He said that a Skills Gap Assessment of six priority sectors revealed that some vacancies could not be filled by Nigerians because of lack of requisite skills.

    “The question that arises from this paradox is, how can we plug these gaps using apprenticeship?

    “The answer to this question can be found in countries such as Germany, China, Australia, USA and others.

    “These countries at various times faced similar challenges such as we are contending with.

    “What they did was to pour greater investments in skills acquisition and apprenticeship training,” he said.

    While citing instances of how countries like Germany scaled the hurdle, the director-general said they saw potential in apprenticeship and took advantage of it.

    “In Germany, about two decades ago, there was mass unemployment with roughly five million unemployed people and low employment rates.

    “Today, nearly two-thirds of young Germans are enrolled in apprenticeships once they leave full-time education using the German Dual Vocational and educational training (DVT),” he said.

    “England in 2009 made concerted efforts to increase the number of apprenticeships to combat youth unemployment by creating National Apprenticeship Service.

    “Between 2009 and 2014, the number of active apprentices in the country doubled from 444,800 to 851,500.

    “While France in 2020 alone spent more than a billion Euros to boost its apprenticeship programmes.”

    Ari explained that apprenticeship had been an age-long tradition and an institution in Nigeria.

    He said that it was a common feature in the traditional setting to see people engage in vocations like farming, carving, carpentry, catering, and building among others.

    He, however, expressed concern that the potential of apprenticeship in tackling unemployment and poverty had not been fully actualised in Nigeria.

    The director-general said the traditional apprenticeship, which was still being practised in Nigeria was not viable enough to curb issues of unemployment and other societal problems.

    Ari said it was in the realisation of the numerous benefits of apprenticeship that ITF took the lead in collaboration with critical stakeholders to ensure its institutionalisation.

    He commended the Federal Government for establishing ITF to help harness potential in vocational skills to effect the needed change.

    Ari said in its fifty years of existence, ITF had pursued its mandate with single-mindedness and vigour.

    He said that ITF had trained more than 22 million Nigerians whose contributions to the growth of the various sectors of the economy could not be quantified.

    According to him, ITF liaised with a total of 1,353 companies for promotion of in-company apprenticeship activities
    between 2010 and 2019 alone.

    He stressed that the fund “visited and appraised 1,146 companies to determine their potential to conduct apprentice training in identified trade areas.

    “In addition, it harmonised 444 existing In-company apprenticeship schemes of companies in line with the ITF National Apprenticeship scheme.

    “It also installed the scheme in 286 companies as well as monitored 831 companies, leading to the training of 36,397 most of whom are gainfully employed.”

    The ITF boss disclosed that the fund was currently working on bringing in skills intervention programmes like National Industrial Skills Development Programme (NISDP).

    He said that Women Skills Empowerment Programme (WOSEP) and Passion to Profession Programme (P2PP) were being considered among others.

    Ari called on curriculum planners and employers’ associations to design youth apprenticeship programmes among other suggestions.

    He expressed optimism that the programme would provide the platform to articulate strategies for a robust apprenticeship scheme in Nigeria.

    The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo, commended ITF’s commitment to creating avenues for dialogue on ways of enhancing skills acquisition.

    He lauded the convening of the programme, saying its theme aligned with efforts by the Federal Government to resolve challenges linked with rising unemployment and poverty.

    Adebayo, who was represented by the Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Maryam Katagum, commended ITF for being one of the foremost agencies under the ministry.

    “You may be aware that the Federal Government has through its Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) initiated and implemented a number of programmes.

    “Programmes that have recorded positive results, especially in terms of uplifting the living standards of Nigerians as well as developing national economy.

    “What government, however, finds worrisome is that although most of our programmes get expected outcomes in terms of jobs created, Nigerians with the requisite skills are lacking,” he said.

    The minister assured of the ministry’s commitment to implementing resolutions that would emerge from the summit.

    The Chairman, Oil and Gas Free Zone, Dr Chris Asoluka, said the move toward institutionalising apprecenticiship and traineeship for national development was achievable.

    Asoluka, who was the theme paper presenter, urged the director-general of ITF to assemble the best brains and people who shared in his vision, to come up with workable framework.

    He said that a properly planned framework would engender better policy or law that would drive the idea and ensure effective implementation.

    Meanwhile, goodwill messages were delivered by the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development Pauline Tallen and Mr Olawale Fasanya, Director-General, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN).

    Other critical stakeholders including the Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA) and the British High Commission to Nigeria also delivered their goodwill messages.

    They all expressed commitment to working with ITF to upscale job creation while drastically reducing poverty in Nigeria.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the programme which had two plenary sessions had discussants, who spoke on developing functional framework for national apprenticeship and traineeship scheme.

    The discussants also spoke on the issues and prospects of apprenticeship and traineeship scheme in Nigeria.

    The ITF was established by the Federal Government to set and regulate training standards and offer direct training intervention among others

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  •  The Federal Capital Territory FCT Secondary Education Board on Tuesday in Abuja urged students to embrace entrepreneurship development Mrs Nanre Emeje Secretary FCT Secondary Education Board said this while declaring open a three day capacity building training for teachers under MIND SHIFT Entrepreneurship programme National School Entrepreneurship Programme N SEP The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event being attended by more than100 participants was organised by the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria SMEDAN Emeje said that the call became necessary in view of the country s quest to bring education revolution in favour of industrialisation While calling for schools curriculum that would depict what students should assimilate about entrepreneurship Emeje described entrepreneurship as a gateway to the economy of every nation The schools curriculum must be designed to depict what exactly we need the students to assimilate about entrepreneurship The expected curriculum must denote who an entrepreneur is and the difference between an entrepreneur and an ordinary producer Others are what the society stands to gain from having entrepreneurial oriented citizens and why entrepreneurship is an essential ingredient of education she said She however stressed the need for the instruments through which knowledge on entrepreneurial skills were being passed on to students to be conspicuously brought to the mental and physical level where they could interpret relevant topics The instruments for the transmission of entrepreneurial skills to the students are teachers So it is apt that the teachers are groomed to see the need for entrepreneurship education in the students and develop a passion for transmitting it to the scholars Emeje said She appealed to SMEDAN to intervene by producing adequate instructional materials and textbooks for the teaching of entrepreneurship education in schools Teachers themselves can be handy in bridging this yarning gap they obviously require motivation and coordination to do this I therefore use this opportunity to call on SMEDAN to look toward this direction Emeje said Earlier the Director General of SMEDAN Mr Olawale Fasanya reiterated the agency s commitment to promote student entrepreneurship education Represented by Dr Friday Okpara the director Partnership and Coordination SMEDAN Fasanya expressed worry that there was anxiety among Nigerian students about their future because of dearth of opportunity in the employment market He said that lack of entrepreneurial skills to go into new business ventures contributed to the much anxiety and uncertainty among the students The World Bank recently predicted that there will be additional injection of 40 million people joining the economically active group by 2040 in Sub saharan Africa Given the most promising economic performance within the region there is no way regular employment will cope with this number of people entering the unemployment market The imperative is that young people must be supported with education and training that promotes employment generation and wealth creation Fasanya said Mr Saidu Abubakar the Principal Government Secondary School Area 10 Garki Abuja urged the participants to take advantage of the programme to prepare and equip themselves as entrepreneurs as well as entrepreneurship educators The participants were taken through topics including Vision and Goal Setting Types of Business Ownership Sales and Marketing Your Business and Your Business and Your Community among others NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FCT education board urges students to embrace entrepreneurship development
     The Federal Capital Territory FCT Secondary Education Board on Tuesday in Abuja urged students to embrace entrepreneurship development Mrs Nanre Emeje Secretary FCT Secondary Education Board said this while declaring open a three day capacity building training for teachers under MIND SHIFT Entrepreneurship programme National School Entrepreneurship Programme N SEP The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event being attended by more than100 participants was organised by the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria SMEDAN Emeje said that the call became necessary in view of the country s quest to bring education revolution in favour of industrialisation While calling for schools curriculum that would depict what students should assimilate about entrepreneurship Emeje described entrepreneurship as a gateway to the economy of every nation The schools curriculum must be designed to depict what exactly we need the students to assimilate about entrepreneurship The expected curriculum must denote who an entrepreneur is and the difference between an entrepreneur and an ordinary producer Others are what the society stands to gain from having entrepreneurial oriented citizens and why entrepreneurship is an essential ingredient of education she said She however stressed the need for the instruments through which knowledge on entrepreneurial skills were being passed on to students to be conspicuously brought to the mental and physical level where they could interpret relevant topics The instruments for the transmission of entrepreneurial skills to the students are teachers So it is apt that the teachers are groomed to see the need for entrepreneurship education in the students and develop a passion for transmitting it to the scholars Emeje said She appealed to SMEDAN to intervene by producing adequate instructional materials and textbooks for the teaching of entrepreneurship education in schools Teachers themselves can be handy in bridging this yarning gap they obviously require motivation and coordination to do this I therefore use this opportunity to call on SMEDAN to look toward this direction Emeje said Earlier the Director General of SMEDAN Mr Olawale Fasanya reiterated the agency s commitment to promote student entrepreneurship education Represented by Dr Friday Okpara the director Partnership and Coordination SMEDAN Fasanya expressed worry that there was anxiety among Nigerian students about their future because of dearth of opportunity in the employment market He said that lack of entrepreneurial skills to go into new business ventures contributed to the much anxiety and uncertainty among the students The World Bank recently predicted that there will be additional injection of 40 million people joining the economically active group by 2040 in Sub saharan Africa Given the most promising economic performance within the region there is no way regular employment will cope with this number of people entering the unemployment market The imperative is that young people must be supported with education and training that promotes employment generation and wealth creation Fasanya said Mr Saidu Abubakar the Principal Government Secondary School Area 10 Garki Abuja urged the participants to take advantage of the programme to prepare and equip themselves as entrepreneurs as well as entrepreneurship educators The participants were taken through topics including Vision and Goal Setting Types of Business Ownership Sales and Marketing Your Business and Your Business and Your Community among others NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FCT education board urges students to embrace entrepreneurship development
    Economy5 months ago

    FCT education board urges students to embrace entrepreneurship development

    The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Secondary Education Board, on Tuesday in Abuja urged students to embrace entrepreneurship development.

    Mrs Nanre Emeje, Secretary, FCT Secondary Education Board, said this while declaring open a three-day capacity building training for teachers under MIND SHIFT Entrepreneurship programme, National-School Entrepreneurship Programme (N-SEP).

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event being attended by more than100 participants was organised by the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN).

    Emeje said that the call became necessary in view of the country’s quest to bring education revolution in favour of industrialisation.

    While calling for schools’ curriculum that would depict what students should assimilate about entrepreneurship, Emeje described entrepreneurship as a gateway to the economy of every nation.

    “The schools’ curriculum must be designed to depict what exactly we need the students to assimilate about entrepreneurship.

    “The expected curriculum must denote who an entrepreneur is and the difference between an entrepreneur and an ordinary producer.

    “Others are what the society stands to gain from having entrepreneurial oriented citizens and why entrepreneurship is an essential ingredient of education,’’ she said.

    She, however, stressed the need for the instruments through which knowledge on entrepreneurial skills were being passed on to students to be conspicuously brought to the mental and physical level where they could interpret relevant topics.

    “The instruments for the transmission of entrepreneurial skills to the students are teachers.

    “So, it is apt that the teachers are groomed to see the need for entrepreneurship education in the students and develop a passion for transmitting it to the scholars,’’ Emeje said.

    She appealed to SMEDAN to intervene by producing adequate instructional materials and textbooks for the teaching of entrepreneurship education in schools.

    “Teachers themselves can be handy in bridging this yarning gap, they obviously require motivation and coordination to do this. I therefore, use this opportunity to call on SMEDAN to look toward this direction,’’ Emeje said.

    Earlier, the Director-General of SMEDAN, Mr Olawale Fasanya, reiterated the agency’s commitment to promote student entrepreneurship education.

    Represented by Dr Friday Okpara, the director, Partnership and Coordination, SMEDAN, Fasanya expressed worry that there was anxiety among Nigerian students about their future because of dearth of opportunity in the employment market.

    He said that lack of entrepreneurial skills to go into new business ventures contributed to the much anxiety and uncertainty among the students.

    “The World Bank recently predicted that there will be additional injection of 40 million people joining the economically active group by 2040 in Sub-saharan Africa.

    “Given the most promising economic performance within the region, there is no way regular employment will cope with this number of people entering the unemployment market.

    “The imperative is that young people must be supported with education and training that promotes employment generation and wealth creation,’’ Fasanya said.

    Mr Saidu Abubakar, the Principal, Government Secondary School, Area 10, Garki, Abuja, urged the participants to take advantage of the programme to prepare and equip themselves as entrepreneurs as well as entrepreneurship educators.

    The participants were taken through topics including `Vision and Goal Setting, Types of Business Ownership, Sales and Marketing Your Business and Your Business and Your Community’ among others. 

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria SMEDAN on Tuesday commenced a three day capacity building for entrepreneurship teachers in Asaba Delta The Director General SMEDAN Mr Olawale Fasanya in his address of welcome at the training said that the general idea behind the capacity building was to catch the pupils and students young by equipping them with entrepreneurship skills Fasanya said that SMEDAN through its flagship programme Mind Shift National School Entrepreneurship Programme N SEP 2022 aimed to build entrepreneurship skills in the minds of primary school pupils and secondary students through their teachers The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the training programme was organised by SMEDAN in partnership with the Delta State Government Fasanya represented by the Agency s South South Zonal Coordinator Mr Egbuna Iloba said that the essence of the programme was captured on the adage Give a man a fish he eats for a day teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime He said that with the World Bank s prediction of an additional 40 million people joining the economically active group by 2040 in Sub Saharan Africa it has become imperative for young Nigerians to be supported with education and training that promotes employment generation According to him the programme is designed to enhance the capacity of the teachers who will in turn prepare the pupils and students and convert them into entrepreneurs There is much anxiety and uncertainty among the Nigerian students about their future because of dearth of opportunity in the employment market and their lack of entrepreneurial skills to go into new business ventures Given the number of people entering the unemployment market it has become imperative for young people to be supported with education and training that promotes employment generation and wealth creation It was on this premise that the Mind Shift Entrepreneurship Programme MEP was conceived by SMEDAN The programme is designed to engage the vibrant energy of the students youths and channel it into productive creation and management of their own businesses The programme provides access to functional and hand on entrepreneurship and financial literacy and community service education to every primary and secondary student in Nigeria Fasanya said According to him the MEP programme is driven through the N SEP for primary and secondary school and the Tertiary Institutes Entrepreneurship Development Programme TINEDEP We have gotten the buy in of the universities polytechnics and colleges of education and the regulatory authorities have endorsed the programme The objectives of the programme include inculcating the culture of Entrepreneurship into the students of young age and involving many businesses and community leaders in a programme that impacts positively the lives of youths and the community he said Fasanya said that SMEDAN had carefully designed teachers manual to guide the teachers on how to hand hold the pupils and students towards their entrepreneurship journey He however urged the state government to take the ownership of the programme and step it down to all the schools in the state On her part Mrs Rose Ezewu State Commissioner for Secondary Education represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry Sir Austin Oghoro while declaring the programme open lauded SMEDAN for the capacity building She described the programme as first of its kind while urging the agency to sustain the commitment of equipping Nigerians with skills for growth and development According to Ezewu the programme is worthy of emulation the training will enable the state government to chart a new course in shaping the mindset of pupils and students in areas of business development and wealth creation The teachers for this training have been specially selected to be at the vanguard of this programme And I wish to enjoin you to effectively utilise the skills learnt to improve the education sector and develop the school children in the state she said While tasking the participants on the training Ezewu expressed confidence that the outcome of the training would be beneficial to the teachers pupils students and the state at large In his remarks SMEDAN State Manager Mr Leke Babalola urged the teachers to be committed to the training adding that it would be a win win for all at the end Source NAN
    SMEDAN trains Delta teachers on entrepreneurship skills
     The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria SMEDAN on Tuesday commenced a three day capacity building for entrepreneurship teachers in Asaba Delta The Director General SMEDAN Mr Olawale Fasanya in his address of welcome at the training said that the general idea behind the capacity building was to catch the pupils and students young by equipping them with entrepreneurship skills Fasanya said that SMEDAN through its flagship programme Mind Shift National School Entrepreneurship Programme N SEP 2022 aimed to build entrepreneurship skills in the minds of primary school pupils and secondary students through their teachers The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the training programme was organised by SMEDAN in partnership with the Delta State Government Fasanya represented by the Agency s South South Zonal Coordinator Mr Egbuna Iloba said that the essence of the programme was captured on the adage Give a man a fish he eats for a day teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime He said that with the World Bank s prediction of an additional 40 million people joining the economically active group by 2040 in Sub Saharan Africa it has become imperative for young Nigerians to be supported with education and training that promotes employment generation According to him the programme is designed to enhance the capacity of the teachers who will in turn prepare the pupils and students and convert them into entrepreneurs There is much anxiety and uncertainty among the Nigerian students about their future because of dearth of opportunity in the employment market and their lack of entrepreneurial skills to go into new business ventures Given the number of people entering the unemployment market it has become imperative for young people to be supported with education and training that promotes employment generation and wealth creation It was on this premise that the Mind Shift Entrepreneurship Programme MEP was conceived by SMEDAN The programme is designed to engage the vibrant energy of the students youths and channel it into productive creation and management of their own businesses The programme provides access to functional and hand on entrepreneurship and financial literacy and community service education to every primary and secondary student in Nigeria Fasanya said According to him the MEP programme is driven through the N SEP for primary and secondary school and the Tertiary Institutes Entrepreneurship Development Programme TINEDEP We have gotten the buy in of the universities polytechnics and colleges of education and the regulatory authorities have endorsed the programme The objectives of the programme include inculcating the culture of Entrepreneurship into the students of young age and involving many businesses and community leaders in a programme that impacts positively the lives of youths and the community he said Fasanya said that SMEDAN had carefully designed teachers manual to guide the teachers on how to hand hold the pupils and students towards their entrepreneurship journey He however urged the state government to take the ownership of the programme and step it down to all the schools in the state On her part Mrs Rose Ezewu State Commissioner for Secondary Education represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry Sir Austin Oghoro while declaring the programme open lauded SMEDAN for the capacity building She described the programme as first of its kind while urging the agency to sustain the commitment of equipping Nigerians with skills for growth and development According to Ezewu the programme is worthy of emulation the training will enable the state government to chart a new course in shaping the mindset of pupils and students in areas of business development and wealth creation The teachers for this training have been specially selected to be at the vanguard of this programme And I wish to enjoin you to effectively utilise the skills learnt to improve the education sector and develop the school children in the state she said While tasking the participants on the training Ezewu expressed confidence that the outcome of the training would be beneficial to the teachers pupils students and the state at large In his remarks SMEDAN State Manager Mr Leke Babalola urged the teachers to be committed to the training adding that it would be a win win for all at the end Source NAN
    SMEDAN trains Delta teachers on entrepreneurship skills
    Education6 months ago

    SMEDAN trains Delta teachers on entrepreneurship skills

    The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) on Tuesday,  commenced a three-day capacity building for entrepreneurship teachers in Asaba, Delta.

    The Director-General, SMEDAN, Mr Olawale Fasanya, in his address of welcome at the training, said that the general idea behind the capacity building was to catch the pupils and students young, by equipping them with entrepreneurship skills.

    Fasanya said that SMEDAN, through its flagship programme, “Mind Shift – National School Entrepreneurship Programme (N-SEP) -2022, aimed to build entrepreneurship skills in the minds of primary school pupils and secondary students through their teachers.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the training programme was organised by SMEDAN, in partnership with the Delta State Government.

    Fasanya, represented by the Agency’s South-South Zonal Coordinator, Mr Egbuna Iloba, said that the essence of the programme was captured on the adage, ” Give a man a fish, he eats for a day; teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime”.

    He said that with the World Bank’s prediction of an additional 40 million people joining the economically active group by 2040 in Sub-Saharan Africa, it has become imperative for young Nigerians to be supported with education and training that promotes employment generation.

    According to him, the programme is designed to enhance the capacity of the teachers who will in turn prepare the pupils and students and convert them into entrepreneurs.

    “There is much anxiety and uncertainty among the Nigerian students about their future because of dearth of opportunity in the employment market and their lack of entrepreneurial skills to go into new business ventures.

    ” Given the number of people entering the unemployment market, it has become imperative for young people to be supported with education and training that promotes employment generation and wealth creation.

    “It was on this premise that the Mind Shift Entrepreneurship Programme (MEP) was conceived by SMEDAN.

    “The programme is designed to engage the vibrant energy of the students, youths and channel it into productive creation and management of their own businesses.

    “The programme provides access to functional and hand-on entrepreneurship and financial literacy and community service education, to every primary and secondary student in Nigeria,” Fasanya said.

    According to him, the MEP programme is driven through the N-SEP for primary and secondary school and the Tertiary Institutes Entrepreneurship Development Programme (TINEDEP).

    “We have gotten the buy-in of the universities, polytechnics and colleges of education and the regulatory authorities have endorsed the programme.

    ” The objectives of the programme include: inculcating the culture of Entrepreneurship into the students of young age and involving many businesses and community leaders in a programme that impacts positively the lives of youths and the community, “he said.

    Fasanya said that SMEDAN had carefully designed teachers’ manual to guide the teachers on how to hand-hold the pupils and students towards their entrepreneurship journey.

    He, however, urged the state government to take the ownership of the programme and step it down to all the schools in the state.

    On her part, Mrs Rose Ezewu, State Commissioner for Secondary Education, represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Sir Austin Oghoro, while declaring the programme open, lauded SMEDAN for the capacity building.

    She described the programme as first of its kind, while urging the agency to sustain the commitment of equipping Nigerians with skills for growth and development.

    According to Ezewu, the programme is worthy of emulation, the training will enable the state government to chart a new course in shaping the mindset of pupils and students in areas of business development and wealth creation.

    “The teachers for this training have been specially selected to be at the vanguard of this programme.

    “And, I wish to enjoin you to effectively utilise the skills learnt to improve the education sector and develop the school children in the state, “she said.

    While tasking the participants on the training, Ezewu expressed confidence that the outcome of the training would be beneficial to the teachers, pupils, students and the state at large.

    In his remarks, SMEDAN State Manager, Mr Leke Babalola, urged the teachers to be committed to the training, adding that it would be a win win for all at the end.

    Source: NAN

  •  The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria SMEDAN has said that it is collaborating with the Niger Government to establish entrepreneurship clubs in schools across the state Mr Olawale Fasanya Director General SMEDAN made this known in Minna during a three day capacity building for entrepreneurship teachers in public and private primary and secondary schools in the state The programme is being implemented under the Mind Shift Entrepreneurship Programme MEP known as the National School Entrepreneurship Programme N SEP This programme is designed to enhance the capacity of the teachers who will in turn prepare the and convert them into entrepreneurs The teachers are expected to teach the about entrepreneurship skills and form them into entrepreneurship clubs in their various schools This is to enable continuity in the culture of entrepreneurship among them when they leave school or while in school he said Fasanya who was represented by Mr Levi Anyikwa Deputy Director Partnership Coordination SMEDAN said that training of the trainers among the teachers was a continuous exercise After the capacity building of this teachers there will be a stepping down to the schools at the grassroots he said The Executive Director said that there was much anxiety and uncertainty among the Nigerian students about their future because of dearth of opportunities in the employment market and their lack of entrepreneurial skills to venture into new businesses The World Bank recently predicted that there will be additional injection of 40 million people joining the economically active group by 2040 in Sub Saharan Africa Given the most promising economic performance within the region there is no way regular employment will cope with this number of people entering the unemployment market The imperative is that young people must be supported with education and training that promotes employment generation and wealth creation he said He said that MEP was designed to engage the vibrant energy of students and youths and channel it into productive venture creation and management of their own businesses The programme is to provide access to functional and hands on literacy and community service education to every primary and secondary student in Nigeria he said Inaugurating the programme Hajiya Hannatu Salihu the State Commissioner for Education promised that government would provide the necessary instructional materials to enable the trainees inculcate entrepreneurial skills in their students Salihu said that 70 teachers were drawn from the public schools in the state for the training while 30 came from the private schools Hajiya Halima Musa a trainee teacher from Central Primary School Kontagora said that the exercise was interactive and impactful as it exposed them to various entrepreneurship education Musa thanked the SMEDAN and the government for the gesture and promised to impact her pupils Source NAN
    SMEDAN, Niger Govt to establish entrepreneurship clubs in schools
     The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria SMEDAN has said that it is collaborating with the Niger Government to establish entrepreneurship clubs in schools across the state Mr Olawale Fasanya Director General SMEDAN made this known in Minna during a three day capacity building for entrepreneurship teachers in public and private primary and secondary schools in the state The programme is being implemented under the Mind Shift Entrepreneurship Programme MEP known as the National School Entrepreneurship Programme N SEP This programme is designed to enhance the capacity of the teachers who will in turn prepare the and convert them into entrepreneurs The teachers are expected to teach the about entrepreneurship skills and form them into entrepreneurship clubs in their various schools This is to enable continuity in the culture of entrepreneurship among them when they leave school or while in school he said Fasanya who was represented by Mr Levi Anyikwa Deputy Director Partnership Coordination SMEDAN said that training of the trainers among the teachers was a continuous exercise After the capacity building of this teachers there will be a stepping down to the schools at the grassroots he said The Executive Director said that there was much anxiety and uncertainty among the Nigerian students about their future because of dearth of opportunities in the employment market and their lack of entrepreneurial skills to venture into new businesses The World Bank recently predicted that there will be additional injection of 40 million people joining the economically active group by 2040 in Sub Saharan Africa Given the most promising economic performance within the region there is no way regular employment will cope with this number of people entering the unemployment market The imperative is that young people must be supported with education and training that promotes employment generation and wealth creation he said He said that MEP was designed to engage the vibrant energy of students and youths and channel it into productive venture creation and management of their own businesses The programme is to provide access to functional and hands on literacy and community service education to every primary and secondary student in Nigeria he said Inaugurating the programme Hajiya Hannatu Salihu the State Commissioner for Education promised that government would provide the necessary instructional materials to enable the trainees inculcate entrepreneurial skills in their students Salihu said that 70 teachers were drawn from the public schools in the state for the training while 30 came from the private schools Hajiya Halima Musa a trainee teacher from Central Primary School Kontagora said that the exercise was interactive and impactful as it exposed them to various entrepreneurship education Musa thanked the SMEDAN and the government for the gesture and promised to impact her pupils Source NAN
    SMEDAN, Niger Govt to establish entrepreneurship clubs in schools
    Education6 months ago

    SMEDAN, Niger Govt to establish entrepreneurship clubs in schools

    The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) has said that it is collaborating with the Niger Government to establish entrepreneurship clubs in schools across the state.Mr Olawale Fasanya, Director-General, SMEDAN, made this known in Minna, during a three-day capacity building for entrepreneurship teachers in public and private primary and secondary schools in the state.The programme is being implemented under the Mind Shift Entrepreneurship Programme (MEP) known as the National-School Entrepreneurship Programme (N-SEP).“This programme is designed to enhance the capacity of the teachers who will in turn prepare the and convert them into entrepreneurs.“The teachers are expected to teach the about entrepreneurship skills and form them into entrepreneurship clubs in their various schools.“This is to enable continuity in the culture of entrepreneurship among them when they leave school or while in school,” he said.Fasanya who was represented by Mr Levi Anyikwa, Deputy Director, Partnership Coordination, SMEDAN, said that training of the trainers among the teachers was a continuous exercise.“After the capacity building of this teachers, there will be a stepping down to the schools at the grassroots,” he said.The Executive Director said that there was much anxiety and uncertainty among the Nigerian students about their future, because of dearth of opportunities in the employment market and their lack of entrepreneurial skills to venture into new businesses.“The World Bank recently predicted that there will be additional injection of 40 million people joining the economically active group by 2040 in Sub-Saharan Africa.“Given the most promising economic performance within the region, there is no way regular employment will cope with this number of people entering the unemployment market.“The imperative is that young people must be supported with education and training that promotes employment generation and wealth creation,” he said.He said that MEP was designed to engage the vibrant energy of students and youths and channel it into productive venture creation and management of their own businesses.“The programme is to provide access to functional and hands-on literacy and community service education to every primary and secondary student in Nigeria,” he said.Inaugurating the programme, Hajiya Hannatu Salihu, the State Commissioner for Education, promised that government would provide the necessary instructional materials to enable the trainees inculcate entrepreneurial skills in their students.Salihu said that 70 teachers were drawn from the public schools in the state for the training, while 30 came from the private schools.Hajiya Halima Musa, a trainee teacher from Central Primary School Kontagora, said that the exercise was interactive and impactful as it exposed them to various entrepreneurship education.Musa thanked the SMEDAN and the government for the gesture and promised to impact her pupils.

    Source: NAN

  •  The Small Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria SMEDAN in partnership with the Kaduna State Government on Tuesday began a two day training of teachers of entrepreneurship in secondary and primary schools The training is on entrepreneurship in the state The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the entrepreneurship teachers cut across the 23 Local Government Areas LGAs of the state The capacity building for the teachers was under the SMEDAN s Mind Shift Entrepreneurship MEP Programme The MEP is designed to engage vibrant students and youths to channel their skills into productive venture creation and management of their own businesses In his address the Director General of SMEDAN Mr Olawale Fasanya said the programme was designed to enhance the capacity of the teachers who would in turn prepare the pupils students and convert them into entrepreneurs Fasanya was represented by Dr Yinka Fisher Deputy Director Partnership and Coordination Department of the agency He stressed that there was a lot of anxiety and uncertainty among Nigerian students about their future following the dearth of opportunities in the employment market and their lack of entrepreneurial skills to go into new business ventures The World Bank recently predicted that there will be additional injection of 40 million people joining the economically active group by 2040 in Sub Saharan Africa Given the most promising economic performance within the region there is no way regular employment will cope with this number of people entering the unemployment market he said Fasanya stated that the imperative was to support young people with education and training that would promote employment generation and wealth creation The programme is to provide access to functional and hands on entrepreneurship and financial literacy and community service education to every primary and secondary student in Nigeria The MEP Programme is driven through two National School Entrepreneurship Programme N SEP for primary and secondary schools and Tertiary Institution Entrepreneurship Development programme TINEDEP We have gotten the buy in of the universities polytechnics Colleges of Education and regulatory authorities such as NUC NBTE and NCCE have endorsed the programme Fasanya said He said entrepreneurship teachers must be entrepreneurs themselves because one could not give what he did not have The agency has carefully designed teacher s manual to guide them on how to hand hold the pupils and students towards entrepreneurial journey The teacher s manual is provided to assist entrepreneurship into the pupils and students to guide and assist teachers in inculcating the culture and spirit of teaching of the business of entrepreneurship he said Fasanya urged the Kaduna government to take ownership of the programme and step it down to all primary and secondary schools in the state Also Gov Nasir El Rufai commended SMEDAN for the MEP programme noting that the training would enhance the teachers capacity on entrepreneurship which would be impacted to the students The governor represented by Dr Yusuf Saleh Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Business Innovation and Technology said Nigeria s population was on the increase on a daily basis and the nation unable to afford employment for all graduates He said the state government was working on introducing technical education at the primary school level to catch them at young age We are in partnership with AKK gas pipeline project to see how we can train our young people on welding and fabrication we are also in collaboration with agricultural organisation among others on training of our young people We also organise trainings to promote what our medium small and micro enterprises producers are doing he said The governor urged SMEDAN to partner with the newly established Senior Secondary Schools Education Commission to enable expansion of the programme to other states Also the Principal of Rimi College Mr Andrew Dodo said most students often had the mindsets and ambitions of working in big offices and government parastatals He said with the realities on ground the students needed to be updated and trained on entrepreneurship skills to make them self reliant and independent at the advent of population increase which translated to job scarcity We are for long supposed to be teaching our children on what they will contribute to our country if they think otherwise we will continue to be battling with unemployment as a nation Dodo said Source NAN
    SMEDAN trains secondary, primary school teachers on entrepreneurship in Kaduna
     The Small Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria SMEDAN in partnership with the Kaduna State Government on Tuesday began a two day training of teachers of entrepreneurship in secondary and primary schools The training is on entrepreneurship in the state The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the entrepreneurship teachers cut across the 23 Local Government Areas LGAs of the state The capacity building for the teachers was under the SMEDAN s Mind Shift Entrepreneurship MEP Programme The MEP is designed to engage vibrant students and youths to channel their skills into productive venture creation and management of their own businesses In his address the Director General of SMEDAN Mr Olawale Fasanya said the programme was designed to enhance the capacity of the teachers who would in turn prepare the pupils students and convert them into entrepreneurs Fasanya was represented by Dr Yinka Fisher Deputy Director Partnership and Coordination Department of the agency He stressed that there was a lot of anxiety and uncertainty among Nigerian students about their future following the dearth of opportunities in the employment market and their lack of entrepreneurial skills to go into new business ventures The World Bank recently predicted that there will be additional injection of 40 million people joining the economically active group by 2040 in Sub Saharan Africa Given the most promising economic performance within the region there is no way regular employment will cope with this number of people entering the unemployment market he said Fasanya stated that the imperative was to support young people with education and training that would promote employment generation and wealth creation The programme is to provide access to functional and hands on entrepreneurship and financial literacy and community service education to every primary and secondary student in Nigeria The MEP Programme is driven through two National School Entrepreneurship Programme N SEP for primary and secondary schools and Tertiary Institution Entrepreneurship Development programme TINEDEP We have gotten the buy in of the universities polytechnics Colleges of Education and regulatory authorities such as NUC NBTE and NCCE have endorsed the programme Fasanya said He said entrepreneurship teachers must be entrepreneurs themselves because one could not give what he did not have The agency has carefully designed teacher s manual to guide them on how to hand hold the pupils and students towards entrepreneurial journey The teacher s manual is provided to assist entrepreneurship into the pupils and students to guide and assist teachers in inculcating the culture and spirit of teaching of the business of entrepreneurship he said Fasanya urged the Kaduna government to take ownership of the programme and step it down to all primary and secondary schools in the state Also Gov Nasir El Rufai commended SMEDAN for the MEP programme noting that the training would enhance the teachers capacity on entrepreneurship which would be impacted to the students The governor represented by Dr Yusuf Saleh Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Business Innovation and Technology said Nigeria s population was on the increase on a daily basis and the nation unable to afford employment for all graduates He said the state government was working on introducing technical education at the primary school level to catch them at young age We are in partnership with AKK gas pipeline project to see how we can train our young people on welding and fabrication we are also in collaboration with agricultural organisation among others on training of our young people We also organise trainings to promote what our medium small and micro enterprises producers are doing he said The governor urged SMEDAN to partner with the newly established Senior Secondary Schools Education Commission to enable expansion of the programme to other states Also the Principal of Rimi College Mr Andrew Dodo said most students often had the mindsets and ambitions of working in big offices and government parastatals He said with the realities on ground the students needed to be updated and trained on entrepreneurship skills to make them self reliant and independent at the advent of population increase which translated to job scarcity We are for long supposed to be teaching our children on what they will contribute to our country if they think otherwise we will continue to be battling with unemployment as a nation Dodo said Source NAN
    SMEDAN trains secondary, primary school teachers on entrepreneurship in Kaduna
    Economy6 months ago

    SMEDAN trains secondary, primary school teachers on entrepreneurship in Kaduna

    The Small, Medium, Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) in partnership with the Kaduna State Government, on Tuesday began a two-day training of teachers of entrepreneurship  in secondary and primary schools.

    The training is on entrepreneurship in the state.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the entrepreneurship teachers cut across the 23 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state.

    The capacity building for the teachers was under the  SMEDAN’s Mind Shift Entrepreneurship (MEP) Programme.

    The MEP is designed to engage vibrant students and youths, to channel their skills  into productive venture creation and management of their own businesses.

    In his address, the Director-General of SMEDAN, Mr Olawale Fasanya, said the programme was designed to enhance the capacity of the teachers, who would in turn, prepare the pupils, students and convert them into entrepreneurs.

    Fasanya was represented by Dr. Yinka Fisher, Deputy Director, Partnership and Coordination Department of the agency.

    He stressed that there was a lot of anxiety and uncertainty among Nigerian students about their future, following  the dearth of opportunities in the employment market and their lack of entrepreneurial skills to go into new business ventures.

    “The World Bank recently predicted that there will be additional injection of 40 million people joining the economically active group by 2040 in Sub-Saharan Africa.

    “Given the most promising economic performance within the region, there is no way regular employment will cope with this number of people entering the unemployment market,” he said.

    Fasanya stated that the imperative was to support young people with education and training that would promote employment generation and wealth creation.

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

    “The MEP Programme is driven through two National School Entrepreneurship Programme (N-SEP) for primary and secondary schools and Tertiary Institution Entrepreneurship Development programme (TINEDEP).

    “We have gotten the buy-in of the universities, polytechnics, Colleges of Education and regulatory authorities such as NUC, NBTE and NCCE have endorsed the programme,” Fasanya said.

    He said entrepreneurship teachers must be entrepreneurs themselves, because one could not give what he did not have.

    “The agency has carefully designed teacher’s manual to guide them on how to hand-hold the pupils and students towards entrepreneurial journey.

    “The teacher’s manual is provided to assist entrepreneurship into the pupils and students, to guide and assist teachers in inculcating the culture and spirit of teaching of the business of entrepreneurship,” he said.

    Fasanya urged the Kaduna  government to take ownership of the programme and step it down to all primary and secondary schools in the state.

    Also, Gov. Nasir El- Rufai commended SMEDAN for the MEP programme, noting that the training would enhance the teachers’ capacity on entrepreneurship, which would be impacted to the students.

    The governor, represented by Dr. Yusuf Saleh, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Business Innovation and Technology, said Nigeria’s population was on the increase on a daily basis and the nation, unable  to afford employment for all graduates.

    He said the state government was working on introducing technical education at the  primary school level, to catch them at young age.

    “We are in partnership with AKK gas pipeline project to see how we can train our young people on welding and fabrication; we are also in collaboration with agricultural organisation, among others, on training of our young people.

    “We also organise trainings to promote what our medium, small and micro enterprises producers are doing,” he said.

    The governor urged  SMEDAN to partner with the newly-established  Senior Secondary Schools Education Commission,  to enable expansion of the programme to other states.

    Also, the Principal of Rimi College, Mr. Andrew Dodo, said most students often had the mindsets and ambitions of working in big offices and government parastatals.

    He said with the realities on ground, the students needed to be updated and trained on entrepreneurship skills, to make them self reliant and independent at the advent of population increase, which translated to job scarcity.

    “We are, for long, supposed to be teaching our children on what they will contribute to our country; if they think otherwise, we will continue to be battling with unemployment as a nation,” Dodo said.

     


    Source: NAN

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