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  •  The Small And Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria SMEDAN has commenced training for 90 young entrepreneurs under its National Business Skills Development Initiative NBSDI in Anambra The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria SMEDAN on Thursday partnered the Ogun State Government to train 100 teachers across the state in entrepreneurship skills Mr Wale Fasanya the Director General of SMEDAN inaugurated the five day training in Awka on Wednesday Fasanya was represented by Mrs Fatima Shaibu Deputy Director in charge of Entrepreneurship Development and Promotion Department of SMEDAN at the Headquarters He said the programme was designed to provide entrepreneurship skills vocational skills and provision of empowerment materials and equipment to fill the capacity gap of youths Fasanya said the NBSDI enhanced youth engagement in productive ventures thereby ensuring they earn income through filling the artisanal gap in Nigeria According to the DG the programme seeks to pursue a drastic reduction in dependency poverty as most of the out of school youths who still rely on stipends from parents are empowered to become self reliant The initiative is designed to ensure that more professional services will be provided by local and well trained young artisans leading to reduction in job losses to immigrants from neighbouring countries This programme is being implemented in all the States of the federation and FCT A total of 3 330 entrepreneurs will be impacted with entrepreneurship skills vocational skills and empowerment materials at the rate of 90 entrepreneurs per State and the FCT he said The DG thanked Gov Chukwuma Soludo for the support the Agency had received from the Anambra Government under his administration In his remark Dr Obinna Ngonadi Commissioner for Commerce and Industry thanked the Federal Government for supporting small and medium entrepreneurs while urging the beneficiaries to take advantage of the training and the start up capital they would get Ngonadi said the programme was in line with the objective of the governor s administration to set up 2 000 small businesses every year He added that SMEs constituted up to 80 per cent of the national workforce NewsSourceCredit NAN
    SMEDAN trains 90 entrepreneurs in Anambra
     The Small And Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria SMEDAN has commenced training for 90 young entrepreneurs under its National Business Skills Development Initiative NBSDI in Anambra The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria SMEDAN on Thursday partnered the Ogun State Government to train 100 teachers across the state in entrepreneurship skills Mr Wale Fasanya the Director General of SMEDAN inaugurated the five day training in Awka on Wednesday Fasanya was represented by Mrs Fatima Shaibu Deputy Director in charge of Entrepreneurship Development and Promotion Department of SMEDAN at the Headquarters He said the programme was designed to provide entrepreneurship skills vocational skills and provision of empowerment materials and equipment to fill the capacity gap of youths Fasanya said the NBSDI enhanced youth engagement in productive ventures thereby ensuring they earn income through filling the artisanal gap in Nigeria According to the DG the programme seeks to pursue a drastic reduction in dependency poverty as most of the out of school youths who still rely on stipends from parents are empowered to become self reliant The initiative is designed to ensure that more professional services will be provided by local and well trained young artisans leading to reduction in job losses to immigrants from neighbouring countries This programme is being implemented in all the States of the federation and FCT A total of 3 330 entrepreneurs will be impacted with entrepreneurship skills vocational skills and empowerment materials at the rate of 90 entrepreneurs per State and the FCT he said The DG thanked Gov Chukwuma Soludo for the support the Agency had received from the Anambra Government under his administration In his remark Dr Obinna Ngonadi Commissioner for Commerce and Industry thanked the Federal Government for supporting small and medium entrepreneurs while urging the beneficiaries to take advantage of the training and the start up capital they would get Ngonadi said the programme was in line with the objective of the governor s administration to set up 2 000 small businesses every year He added that SMEs constituted up to 80 per cent of the national workforce NewsSourceCredit NAN
    SMEDAN trains 90 entrepreneurs in Anambra
    Economy4 months ago

    SMEDAN trains 90 entrepreneurs in Anambra

    The Small And Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) has commenced training for 90 young entrepreneurs under its National Business Skills Development Initiative (NBSDI) in Anambra.

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

    Mr Wale Fasanya, the Director-General of SMEDAN, inaugurated the five-day training in Awka on Wednesday.

    Fasanya was represented by Mrs Fatima Shaibu, Deputy Director in charge of Entrepreneurship Development and Promotion, Department of SMEDAN at the Headquarters.

    He said the programme was designed to provide entrepreneurship skills, vocational skills and provision of empowerment materials and equipment to fill the capacity gap of youths.

    Fasanya said the NBSDI enhanced youth engagement in productive ventures, thereby ensuring they earn income through filling the artisanal gap in Nigeria.

    According to the DG, the programme seeks to pursue a drastic reduction in dependency poverty as most of the out of school youths who still rely on stipends from parents are empowered to become self-reliant.

    “The initiative is designed to ensure that more professional services will be provided by local and well trained young artisans leading to reduction in job losses to immigrants from neighbouring countries.

    “This programme is being implemented in all the States of the federation and FCT.

    “A total of 3,330 entrepreneurs will be impacted with entrepreneurship skills, vocational skills and empowerment materials at the rate of 90 entrepreneurs per State and the FCT,” he said.

    The DG thanked Gov. Chukwuma Soludo for the support the Agency had received from the Anambra Government under his administration.

    In his remark, Dr Obinna Ngonadi, Commissioner for Commerce and Industry thanked the Federal Government for supporting small and medium entrepreneurs while urging the beneficiaries to take advantage of the training and the start-up capital they would get.

    Ngonadi said the programme was in line with the objective of the governor’s administration to set up 2,000 small businesses every year.

    He added that SMEs constituted up to 80 per cent of the national workforce.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    “We need mega empowerment package.

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

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

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


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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

    SMEDAN boss hails robust collaboration, support from Abia Govt.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    legs.

    africa for free registration,” Fasanya said.

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

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

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

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

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

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


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  •  Mr Princewill Okorie National Coordinator Micro Small and Medium Enterprises Electricity Consumers Protection Advocacy Group has called on the National Assembly NASS to include electricity consumers right in bill He made the call in Abuja on Thursday at the Abuja Municipal Area Council AMAC version of the FCT Micro Small and Medium Enterprises Electricity Consumers Protection Advocacy programme Okorie who is also the National President Association for Public Policy Analysis APPA appealed to NASS to include electricity consumer s right in the new Electricity Bill it is about to pass I call on the National Assembly that is about to approve a new Electricity Bill 2022 to look into the matter seriously because it bothers on economic and safety of Nigerians It will be contradictory for us to prosecute try and punish those who individually steal from other citizens and use bureaucracy or law to protect corporate organisations he said According to him the overall objective of the national MSME electricity consumer protection advocacy programme is to intervene through advocacy and capacity building programmes for business membership organisations It is with a view to exposing them to the provisions of consumer protection component of Electric Power Sector Reform Act 2005 he said Okorie said that in order to address the issue of electricity consumers right the theme of the event Developing Grassroots Based Micro Small and Medium Enterprises MSME through Electricity Consumer Protection Education was selected He said in order to resolve the issues properly relevant stakeholders made presentations on various topics He said that in addition a book titled Basic challenges of Safety and Quality Standards in Electricity sector was published On his part Mr Oluwale Fasanya Director General of Small Medium Enterprises Development Agency SMEDAN said that the theme of the programme was apt as it involved MSME at the grassroots Fasanya represented by Mrs Mary Kolawole Manager Federal Capital Territory FCT SMEDAN said that the programme was an opportunity for electricity consumers to be aware of their rights and obligations In her Keynote Address Mrs Janet Odo Assistant Director Consumer Education Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission FCCPC said that the commission recognised the valuable role played by the MSME in nation s economy Odo said that the MSMEs were number one driver of the economy by providing jobs to many and had also been the source of livelihood to many households She said that the commission also recognised the challenges of power supply faced by FCT residents especially its impact on micro small and medium enterprises Not only is the supply inadequate but also many are groaning under the burden of excessive billing or tariff Being aware that every penny inputted into the business affects overall turnover the commission is working hard to ensure that the consumer gets value for every electricity product paid for But the question remains how can one accurately measure consumption to know whether it is under payment or over payment of This is where consumer education comes in he added NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Group wants consumer rights’ inclusion in electricity bill
     Mr Princewill Okorie National Coordinator Micro Small and Medium Enterprises Electricity Consumers Protection Advocacy Group has called on the National Assembly NASS to include electricity consumers right in bill He made the call in Abuja on Thursday at the Abuja Municipal Area Council AMAC version of the FCT Micro Small and Medium Enterprises Electricity Consumers Protection Advocacy programme Okorie who is also the National President Association for Public Policy Analysis APPA appealed to NASS to include electricity consumer s right in the new Electricity Bill it is about to pass I call on the National Assembly that is about to approve a new Electricity Bill 2022 to look into the matter seriously because it bothers on economic and safety of Nigerians It will be contradictory for us to prosecute try and punish those who individually steal from other citizens and use bureaucracy or law to protect corporate organisations he said According to him the overall objective of the national MSME electricity consumer protection advocacy programme is to intervene through advocacy and capacity building programmes for business membership organisations It is with a view to exposing them to the provisions of consumer protection component of Electric Power Sector Reform Act 2005 he said Okorie said that in order to address the issue of electricity consumers right the theme of the event Developing Grassroots Based Micro Small and Medium Enterprises MSME through Electricity Consumer Protection Education was selected He said in order to resolve the issues properly relevant stakeholders made presentations on various topics He said that in addition a book titled Basic challenges of Safety and Quality Standards in Electricity sector was published On his part Mr Oluwale Fasanya Director General of Small Medium Enterprises Development Agency SMEDAN said that the theme of the programme was apt as it involved MSME at the grassroots Fasanya represented by Mrs Mary Kolawole Manager Federal Capital Territory FCT SMEDAN said that the programme was an opportunity for electricity consumers to be aware of their rights and obligations In her Keynote Address Mrs Janet Odo Assistant Director Consumer Education Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission FCCPC said that the commission recognised the valuable role played by the MSME in nation s economy Odo said that the MSMEs were number one driver of the economy by providing jobs to many and had also been the source of livelihood to many households She said that the commission also recognised the challenges of power supply faced by FCT residents especially its impact on micro small and medium enterprises Not only is the supply inadequate but also many are groaning under the burden of excessive billing or tariff Being aware that every penny inputted into the business affects overall turnover the commission is working hard to ensure that the consumer gets value for every electricity product paid for But the question remains how can one accurately measure consumption to know whether it is under payment or over payment of This is where consumer education comes in he added NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Group wants consumer rights’ inclusion in electricity bill
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    Group wants consumer rights’ inclusion in electricity bill

    Mr Princewill Okorie, National Coordinator, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Electricity Consumers Protection Advocacy Group, has called on the National Assembly (NASS) to include electricity consumers’ right in bill.

    He made the call in Abuja on Thursday at the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) version of the FCT Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Electricity Consumers Protection Advocacy programme.

    Okorie, who is also the National President, Association for Public Policy Analysis (APPA),  appealed to NASS to include electricity consumer’s right in the new Electricity Bill it is about to pass.

    “I call on the National Assembly that is about to approve  a new Electricity Bill, 2022, to look into the matter seriously because it bothers on economic and safety of Nigerians.

    “It will be contradictory for us to prosecute, try and punish those who individually steal from other citizens and use bureaucracy or law to protect corporate organisations,” he said.

    According to him, the overall objective of the national MSME electricity consumer protection advocacy programme is to intervene through advocacy and capacity building programmes for business membership organisations.

    “It is with a view to exposing them to the provisions of consumer protection component of Electric Power Sector Reform Act, 2005,” he said.

    Okorie said that in order to address the issue of electricity consumers’ right, the theme of the event “Developing Grassroots Based Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) through Electricity Consumer Protection Education” was selected.

    He said in order to resolve the issues properly, relevant stakeholders made presentations on various topics.

    He said that in addition, a book titled: “Basic challenges of Safety and Quality Standards in Electricity sector’’ was published.

    On his part, Mr Oluwale Fasanya, Director-General of Small, Medium Enterprises Development Agency (SMEDAN), said that the theme of the programme was apt as it involved MSME at the grassroots.

    Fasanya, represented by Mrs Mary Kolawole, Manager, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) SMEDAN, said that the programme was an opportunity for electricity consumers to be aware of their rights and obligations.

    In her Keynote Address, Mrs Janet Odo, Assistant Director, Consumer Education, Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC), said that the commission recognised the valuable role played by the MSME in nation’s economy.

    Odo said that the MSMEs were number one driver of the economy by providing jobs to many and had also been the source of livelihood to many households.

    She said that the commission also recognised the challenges of power supply faced by FCT residents, especially its impact on micro, small and medium enterprises.

    “Not only is the supply inadequate, but also many are groaning under the burden of excessive billing or tariff.

    “Being aware that every penny inputted into the business affects overall turnover, the commission is working hard to ensure that the consumer gets value for every electricity product paid for.

    “But the question remains “how can one accurately measure consumption to know whether it is under payment or over payment of ?

    ’’ “This is where consumer education comes in,” he added.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria SMEDAN says it is training at least 150 youths and women on Agric business Development Empowerment Programme ADEP in Bayelsa The Director General of SMEDAN Mr Olawale Fasanya said this at the formal opening of the training workshop on Tuesday in Yenagoa Fasanya said the training was designed to enhance the capacity of the participants in agric business development He also said that the National Agripreneurship Training Scheme NATS was designed to provide functional knowledge and skill upgrade to start ups and existing cooperative societies Fasanya was represented at the event by the SMEDAN Manager in Bayelsa Mr Uhoboso Abilo He said that commodity associations were engaged in agriculture value chain to reinforce agriculture transformation in the state He said the programme comprised creation agripreneurship training and machinery support to cooperative societies He also said that the Product and Marketing Enhancement Scheme PAMES developed by SMEDAN assists those with market ready products get regulatory certification Those agripreneurs without market ready products are hand helped to transit their businesses from production to product enhancement local and international markets Fasanya said He said that the contribution of agriculture to Nigeria s total export earnings was small compared to crude oil export He said that in 2019 agriculture accounted for less than two per cent of the total Nigeria exports relative to crude oil with 76 5 per cent According to him there are 256 agricultural cooperative societies comprising 2 560 members in 16 states The states include Kwara Zamfara Taraba Cross River Ebonyi Osun Kebbi Katsina Jigawa Enugu Abia Ondo Ogun Delta Bauchi and Yobe He said the states have benefited from the programme since 2020 He said the programme was taking place simultaneously in Bayelsa Lagos and Oyo States and would hold in 12 other states The Commissioner for Labour Employment and Productivity Mr Stanley Braboke urged the participants to take the training seriously Braboke said the Bayelsa Government was ready to partner with SMEDAN for the benefit of the youths and women of the state Do not look down on the training for so many persons have been successful from it You can start small and then allow it to grow to your expectations he said The Branch Manager National Agriculture Corporation Bank Mr Suowari Tombra said SMEDAN was striving to harness the agricultural potentials to uplift every Nigerian households He said agriculture was the only business civil servants were allowed by law to engage in and urged them to put in their best Tombra said that agriculture business most times attract loans or grants from government hence many people are moving into agriculture NewsSourceCredit NAN
    SMEDAN trains Bayelsa youths, women on agric-business  
     The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria SMEDAN says it is training at least 150 youths and women on Agric business Development Empowerment Programme ADEP in Bayelsa The Director General of SMEDAN Mr Olawale Fasanya said this at the formal opening of the training workshop on Tuesday in Yenagoa Fasanya said the training was designed to enhance the capacity of the participants in agric business development He also said that the National Agripreneurship Training Scheme NATS was designed to provide functional knowledge and skill upgrade to start ups and existing cooperative societies Fasanya was represented at the event by the SMEDAN Manager in Bayelsa Mr Uhoboso Abilo He said that commodity associations were engaged in agriculture value chain to reinforce agriculture transformation in the state He said the programme comprised creation agripreneurship training and machinery support to cooperative societies He also said that the Product and Marketing Enhancement Scheme PAMES developed by SMEDAN assists those with market ready products get regulatory certification Those agripreneurs without market ready products are hand helped to transit their businesses from production to product enhancement local and international markets Fasanya said He said that the contribution of agriculture to Nigeria s total export earnings was small compared to crude oil export He said that in 2019 agriculture accounted for less than two per cent of the total Nigeria exports relative to crude oil with 76 5 per cent According to him there are 256 agricultural cooperative societies comprising 2 560 members in 16 states The states include Kwara Zamfara Taraba Cross River Ebonyi Osun Kebbi Katsina Jigawa Enugu Abia Ondo Ogun Delta Bauchi and Yobe He said the states have benefited from the programme since 2020 He said the programme was taking place simultaneously in Bayelsa Lagos and Oyo States and would hold in 12 other states The Commissioner for Labour Employment and Productivity Mr Stanley Braboke urged the participants to take the training seriously Braboke said the Bayelsa Government was ready to partner with SMEDAN for the benefit of the youths and women of the state Do not look down on the training for so many persons have been successful from it You can start small and then allow it to grow to your expectations he said The Branch Manager National Agriculture Corporation Bank Mr Suowari Tombra said SMEDAN was striving to harness the agricultural potentials to uplift every Nigerian households He said agriculture was the only business civil servants were allowed by law to engage in and urged them to put in their best Tombra said that agriculture business most times attract loans or grants from government hence many people are moving into agriculture NewsSourceCredit NAN
    SMEDAN trains Bayelsa youths, women on agric-business  
    General news4 months ago

    SMEDAN trains Bayelsa youths, women on agric-business  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria SMEDAN has commenced empowerment of 150 farmers in Lagos on dynamic ways to attract customers to shore up profitability across the agricultural value chain The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the five day sensitisation programme by the agency was themed Agric Business Development and Empowerment Programme ADEP Lagos State Manager SMEDAN Mr Bunmi Kole Dawodu charged the participants to evolve and embrace modern techniques to achieve more within a little time frame He said that SMEDAN had collaborated with the Lagos State Government Ministry of Commerce Industry and Cooperative and Ministry of Agriculture which gave them 18 groups of cooperatives He added that the agency was working to provide equipment based on their requirements to improve their operations This training was fashioned out by the agency and it aims to build capacity after which participants would be equipped There are four components of ADEP such as selection sensitisation capacity building and distribution of equipments The ADEP programme is to provide functional knowledge skills on how to operate and start an existing agricultural value chain cooperative We are coming back to engage them on business service development to find out how impactful the sensitisation was he said The Head of Business Development Zetamind Consulting Limited Mr Okechukwu Anidebe stressed the need for famers to embrace innovation and technology to better manage their operations Anidebe said that there was a need for farmers to adopt the use of Microsoft software services tailored to add value to the various agricultural value chain He added that finance was the backbone of any business and urged them to keep proper records of their operations to enable them qualify during future evaluation of their performance NewsSourceCredit NAN
    SMEDAN begins empowerment of 150 farmers in Lagos
     The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria SMEDAN has commenced empowerment of 150 farmers in Lagos on dynamic ways to attract customers to shore up profitability across the agricultural value chain The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the five day sensitisation programme by the agency was themed Agric Business Development and Empowerment Programme ADEP Lagos State Manager SMEDAN Mr Bunmi Kole Dawodu charged the participants to evolve and embrace modern techniques to achieve more within a little time frame He said that SMEDAN had collaborated with the Lagos State Government Ministry of Commerce Industry and Cooperative and Ministry of Agriculture which gave them 18 groups of cooperatives He added that the agency was working to provide equipment based on their requirements to improve their operations This training was fashioned out by the agency and it aims to build capacity after which participants would be equipped There are four components of ADEP such as selection sensitisation capacity building and distribution of equipments The ADEP programme is to provide functional knowledge skills on how to operate and start an existing agricultural value chain cooperative We are coming back to engage them on business service development to find out how impactful the sensitisation was he said The Head of Business Development Zetamind Consulting Limited Mr Okechukwu Anidebe stressed the need for famers to embrace innovation and technology to better manage their operations Anidebe said that there was a need for farmers to adopt the use of Microsoft software services tailored to add value to the various agricultural value chain He added that finance was the backbone of any business and urged them to keep proper records of their operations to enable them qualify during future evaluation of their performance NewsSourceCredit NAN
    SMEDAN begins empowerment of 150 farmers in Lagos
    Economy4 months ago

    SMEDAN begins empowerment of 150 farmers in Lagos

    The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) has commenced empowerment of 150 farmers in Lagos on dynamic ways to attract customers to shore up profitability across the agricultural value chain.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the five-day sensitisation programme by the agency was themed: Agric-Business Development and Empowerment Programme (ADEP).

    Lagos State Manager, SMEDAN, Mr Bunmi Kole-Dawodu, charged the participants to evolve and embrace modern techniques to achieve more within a little time frame.

    He said that SMEDAN had collaborated with the Lagos State Government Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Cooperative and Ministry of Agriculture which gave them 18 groups of cooperatives.

    He added that the agency was working to provide equipment based on their requirements to improve their operations.

    “This training was fashioned out by the agency and it aims to build capacity, after which participants would be equipped.

    “There are four components of ADEP such as selection, sensitisation, capacity building and distribution of equipments.

    “The ADEP programme is to provide functional knowledge, skills on how to operate and start an existing agricultural value chain cooperative.

    “We are coming back to engage them on business service development to find out how impactful the sensitisation was,” he said.

    The Head of Business Development, Zetamind Consulting Limited, Mr Okechukwu Anidebe, stressed the need for famers to embrace innovation and technology to better manage their operations.

    Anidebe said that there was a need for farmers to adopt the use of Microsoft software services tailored to add value to the various agricultural value chain.

    He added that finance was the backbone of any business and urged them to keep proper records of their operations to enable them qualify during future evaluation of their performance.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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