The Director-General of the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), Mr Olawale Fasanya, said that 3,330 entrepreneurs in the country would be supported with equipment.
Fasanya disclosed this on Tuesday during the official flag-off ceremony of the National Skill Development Initiative ((NBSDI) held in Katsina.
Represented by the Director, Business Skill Development and Promotions of the agency, Mr Monday Ewans, the director-general said that the programme was being implemented in all the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
He said altogether 3,330 entrepreneurs would be impacted with entrepreneur and vocational skills, as well as empowerment materials to the tune of 90 per cent of their required needs.
“As at today, similar programme is commencing simultaneously in all the states within the North-West geopolitical zone of the country.
“Katsina State was chosen specifically for the official flag-off off ceremony in the zone in view of the state’s strategic support for Medium and Small Scale Enterprises (MSMEs) within the zone.
“At the end of the programme, the participants would have acquired improved knowledge on business practice and service delivery, increased access to finance, equipment and other business resources, among others” he said.
Fasanya noted that it was in a bid to support MSMEs in a practical way that SMEDAN developed NBSDI aimed at providing entrepreneurship and vocational skills, as well as providing equipment to the artisans.
He explained that the initiative would provide more professional knowledge to locally trained young artisans which would lead to a reduction in job losses to immigrants from neighbouring countries.
The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) has begun training of 90 persons in Kano on entrepreneurship skills.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the training is under its National Business Skills Development Initiative (NBSDI) and lasts for five days.
Mr Olawale Fasanya, Director-General, SMEDAN, at the official opening of the training on Monday in Kano said the programme was being implemented in the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to spur entrepreneurship.
Fasanya , represented by Mrs Funto Babarinde, Chief Enterprise Officer, SMEDAN, listed fashion and designing, Catering, hairdressing and make-up as the trades to be learnt by the beneficiaries.
According to the Director-General, a total of 3,330 entrepreneurs would be impacted with entrepreneurship and vocational skills and empowerment materials nationwide at the rate of 90 per state including FCT.
He said it was in the bid to support the MSMEs in the most practical way that the agency developed the NBSDI to fill the capacity gap of the youth by enhancing their engagement in productive ventures.
“The NBSDI enhances youth engagement in productive ventures, thereby ensuring they earn income through filling the artisanal gap in Nigeria,” the DG said.
Fasanya said that after the training, the participants would be empowered with equipment and materials to start their chosen businesses or improve them.
MSMEs account for the majority of the enterprises in Nigeria and the highest number of jobs created in the economy.
The state Commissioner for Commerce, Alhaji Ibrahim Mukhtar, urged the participants to develop a passion for the vocation they chose to learn.
Mukhtar said the training was coming at a time when Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje had lined up many programs and policies to create jobs.
According to him, the entrepreneurs will be employers of labour, rather than employees.
One of the beneficiaries, Amina Sani, lauded SMEDAN for exposing them to modern skills.
She urged the government to patronize their various businesses to enable them to succeed.
No fewer than 90 entrepreneurs on Monday, began training on different small scale businesses in Sokoto State for self reliance and economic development.
The training is being organised by the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN).
SMEDAN’s Business Development Manager, Mr Moshud Lawal, said the participants would be trained on tailoring, GSM repairs, catering and knitting along with modern business skills.
Lawal said the programme was aimed at developing the skills and further deepening the knowledge of the participants on their respective businesses, to facilitate profitability and sustainability.
He noted that the expected outcome of the programme would be improvement of business management practices and increased patronage among Nigerians.
According to him, the training is designed to provide entrepreneurship skills, empowerment material to fill the capacity gap of the business owners.
Mashood stressed that the greatest challenge with small businesses among business owners in the Northern part of the country, was mostly lack of foresight.
He listed some of the factors that could drive successful business to include ideas, motivation, ability-skills and resources, both physical and financial, besides self confidence, business premises, availability of raw materials, machinery-equipment and requisite personnel.
Earlier, the Sokoto State SMEDAN’s Business Support Manager, Mr Mu’azu Bara’u, urged participants to make good use of the privilege, knowing what contribution Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) provided to the nation.
Bara’u reiterated SMEDAN’s commitment to ensuring the development of MSMEs in the areas of job and wealth creation and poverty alleviation.
Some of the participants, Maimuna Bello, Badiyya Nuhu and Abdullah Ubandawaki, expressed appreciation over the training, saying the experience would enhance their business development skills.
The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) on Monday began a two-week vocational training for 90 unemployed youths and women in Zamfara.
The agency cautioned the participants to avoid selling of starter kits to be given to them after the training.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the training is organised under National Business Skills Development Initiative (NBSDI) programme of the agency.
Speaking while opening the training, the Director General of the Agency, Mr Olawale Fasanya, said the programme was taking place in all seven states in the North West.Fasanya, represented by the Assistant Chief Enterprise Officer, Enterprise Development and Promotion Department of the agency, Mr Ishaq Hamis said the training was one of the SMEDAN activities to facilitate the development of Small and Medium Scales Enterprises (SMEs) in the country.
“We learned from many programmes of the agency that after the training the beneficieries sell all the empowerment tools given to them by the agency.
“After this training, we are going to support you with starter kits.
“I am calling on you to avoid selling or misusing them.
“Let’s utilise the equipment to be given to you so that in future you would be able to expand your businesses for you to be employers of labour in future”, The DG SMEDAN said.
He said the programme was aimed at supporting youths that had the initiatives but didn’t have the equipment and resources.
“Following the outcome of the need assessment conducted in this state by the agency, we were able to identify three skills for this training.
“The identified skills were Design, Catering Services and Handsets Repairs.
“We were able to select 90 participants from across the 14 local government areas of the state,” he added.
He called on the participants to pay attention and utilise the empowerment tools to be given to them after the training.
In his remarks, the State Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Yazid Danfulani, commended the agency for the training.
Danfulani, represented by the Director Industry, Zamfara State Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Muntari Garba, said the government welcomed the gesture as it would help in reducing unemployment among youths in the state.
“On behalf of the state government under the leadership of Gov. Bello Matawalle, we are ready to continue to partner with the agency, to promote small and medium scale enterprises in the state,” the Commissioner added.
The Head of Zamfara SMEDAN office, Malam Sanusi Bello, appreciated the agency for organising the training in the state.
Bello noted that the agency had reduced reasonable percentage of unemployment among youths in the state through various initiated programmes.
In a goodwill message, Zamfara State Chairman, National Association of Small Scale Industries, Sanusi Muhammad, said the training would promote production and add value to local products.
Muhammad commended SMEDAN and the state government for their collaboration in building future of the participants.(
The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) has begun the training of 90 entrepreneurs on fashion designing in Kaduna State, under its National Business Skills Development Initiative (NBSDI).
The Director-General of the agency, Mr Olawale Fasanya, said this at the inauguration of the training exercise on Monday in Kaduna.
He said the trainees would also be exposed to welding and fabrication, adding that the programme would increased artisanal businesses among the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).
Represented by Mr Haruna Shuaibu, NBSDI’s Coordinator in the state, Fasanya said that globally, emphasis had shifted from paid employment to skills acquisition.
He said the programme seek to develop and increase the skills of the participants in fashion designing, welding and fabrication for self sustainability.
Fasanya said the choice of fashion designing, welding and fabrication was due to it’s high demand in the society.
“When people are not employed or engaged in legal activities that would earn them a living, it is natural they resort to crime and illegalities for sustainability.
“To reduce that level of restivness, especially amongst the youths, we developed the NBSDI as our own contribution to take youths off the street,” he said.
He noted that the expected outcome of the programme would be the improvement of business management practices and increased patronage of Nigerian artisans.
The programme, he said focused at increasing the number of formalised artisanal businesses, improved market support services by relevant agencies and stakeholders to MSMEs. He said the agency trained 145 persons in various skills in 2021, in a bid to reduce rate of unemployment which resulted to crimes.
According to Fasanya, SMEDAN through the NBSDI programne will provide entrepreneurship skills and empowerment kits to fill the capacity gap among the youths.
“Also in the same vein, the agency is implementing the Conditional Grant Scheme (CGS), for micro enterprises in Nigeria.
“This programme is aimed at formalising a majority of the micro enterprises that are mostly operating in the informal sector.
“The programme, which involves capacity building, registration of the micro enterprises with the CAC, provision of micro insurance, opening of bank accounts and provision of N50,000 grant each has so far been implemented in 22 states where over 40,000 entrepreneurs have been impacted,” he said.
Also speaking, Prof. Kabir Mato, the state Comissioner for Business Innovation and Technology, said the state goverment had adopted sound programmes to cater for the needs of the MSMEs, especially through provision of skills to boost their businesses.
Mato, represented by Dr Mustapha Shittu of the Kaduna Enterprises Development Agency, said the MSMEs would key into the programme for their benefit.
He reiterated government committment to encourage growth of MSMEs, to reduce poverty, provide job opportunitues and enhance wealth creation in the state.
Mr Ibrahim Ismail, one of the beneficiaries, lauded the gesture, adding that the training would broaden their knowledge and skills.
He pledged to ensure effective utilisation of the equipment which would be given to them at the end of the exercise to expand his business.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that 3,330 entrepreneurs are participating in the NBSDI programme across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The Director-General (D-G) of Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency (SMEDAN), Mr Olawale Fasanya, has vowed to create a positive shift in the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) development narratives in Nigeria.
Fasanya made the commitment on Tuesday during an interactive session between SMEDAN, the Guild of Corporate Online Publishers and selected newsmen in Lagos.
According to Fasanya, his appointment as D-G is the first time a staff of the agency will be at the helm of affairs to drive the sustainable and inclusive development of the subsector.
He said that the agency, having existed for close to two decades, has produced four D-Gs to pilot the structured, sustainable and efficient development of MSMEs in Nigeria.
“The import of this is that expectations from stakeholders are expectedly and justifiably high to help address the problems of MSMEs in Nigeria.
“Having worked very closely with all the past D-Gs, I owe it a duty to build on the foundations laid by my predecessors so as to cause a positive shift in the MSMEs development narratives in Nigeria.
“It is in view of this that I have the rare priviledge of engaging with you to enable me share my vision for this very important but highly endangered sector of Nigeria’s economy and also get feedbacks from you.
“It may interest you to learn that I have already started engaging with the Staff of the agency and other MSME-enabling Stakeholders.
It is going to be continuous both locally and internationally.
“I will be paying courtesy visits to key agencies of government and non-government stakeholders,” Fasanya said.
He said that the last report of the National Survey of MSMEs put the total number of enterprises in the sub-sector at well over 39 million.
He said that this number has been providing a total of over 61 million employments and about 49 per cent of total Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in Nigeria.
“As important as the sub-sector is to the national economy, it is still encumbered with several challenges which the COVID-19 pandemic and the on-going war have further worsened,” Fasanya said.
According to him, the challenges of MSMEs usually border on access to finance, market, equipment, information, technical and entrepreneurial skills and workspace.
He said that the challenges listed above informed the establishment of SMEDAN through the SMIDA Act in 2003.
Fasanya recalled that there were programmes and projects in the agency that were carefully designed to address some of the challenges of MSMEs. He, however, said that t has become necessary to start reviewing such based on the feedbacks that on-going engagements from the MSMEs will give us.
The D-G said that capable, competent, skilled and healthy workforce is germane in driving sustainable development in the agency under his watch.
“In this regard, I have instructed the appropriate department to put in place specific trainings to bridge identified gaps among staff.
“I have also directed that every staff of the Agency must be afforded an opportunity to check their health status at least twice a year.
“This will help in early detection of ailments that could become life threatening and with negative impacts on staff productivity,” Fasanya said.
He said that as part of revolutionising MSME operation in the country, SMEDAN has submitted a proposal to the Developing-8.
The D-8 is an international organisation specifically established development cooperation among the following countries: Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Turkey.
“This is intended to help promote, encourage, advance and support the activities of MSMEs at the national level as well as within the D-8 region to further strengthen economic, trade and commercial integration and linkages.
He said that the present location of the Agency’s headquarters has become very inadequate and not easily accessible because of the massive vehicular traffic.
He explained that the relocation, which is to begin towards the end of the year will create space for the agency’s proposed Micro Finance Bank, MSME Innovation Hub, Training Resource Centre, SMEDAN FCT office, etc.
Fasanya said that the establishment of the SMEDAN Micro Finance Bank is aimed at addressing the peculiar challenges of MSMEs with regards to access to funds.
He said that the Agency had in the time past advocated for special funding window for MSMEs but this has not been achieved even with the creation of some development banks.
Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) has engaged 100 physically challenged entrepreneurs in training on skills to improve their standards of living.SMEDAN Director-General, Mr Olawale Fasanya, made the disclosed at the opening of a three-day capacity building programme on Tuesday in Lagos.The event was on Grant and Growth Support for Business Members Organisation (BMO) and trade associations.Fasanya said that the training was only for the persons with physical not mentality challenges and provide them with the opportunities to be self-reliant as well as contribute to Gross Domestic Product (GDP).“Some of the physical challenged are into different trade such as printing, buying and selling of different goods, cobblers, soap making and others.“The idea of today’s training is to bring you together to network and see how we can get you products to the market.“After the training, we are still going to visit you individually and provide a business development services as well a arrange a special opportunity fair for you where you can showcase your product,” he said.According to him, the fair will help them to know their weakness and advantages in their business pursuit, especially in marketing their products.Fasanya said that the programme was consistent with the provisions of the National Policy on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) that sought to ensure economic inclusion and empowerment of people with special disabilities.The Director, Entrepreneurship, Lagos State Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment, Mrs Taiwo Abiose, said the Lagos State Government had trained 1,000 physically challenged persons since October 2021.Abiose said that the beneficiaries had been provided with start-up kits and take-off grant to assist them after the training.She also said that the Lagos State Government would soon start the second batch of the training for persons with disability.Director, Partnering and Coordinating, SMEDAN, Dr Friday Opara, represented by Dr Yinka Fishers, commended the participants for contributing the Nigerian economy.Opara said that the training was to improve their performance in various fields of trade and added that SMEDAN would continue to ensure collaboration with them.The Coordinator, Nigerian Association of the Blind, Lagos Chapter, Mrs Christiana Akinrimade, commended SMEDAN for encouraging and exposing them to both foreign and local training.He appealed to the Federal Government to employ initiatives that would enable special persons have access to funds to develop their businesses.The President, East on Star Care Foundation, Mrs Upright Nkpofen, hailed the efforts of SMEDAN in training and retraining.Mr Babatunde Muhammed, a participant at the training, urged the government to patronize his printing business to enable him care for his family.Another participant, Mr Kayode Afolabi, said they needed a more conducive atmosphere to sell their products.He urged the government to provide a special shops in all major markets for persons with disability.NewsSourceCredit: NAN
The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Secondary Education Board, on Tuesday in Abuja urged students to embrace entrepreneurship development.
Mrs Nanre Emeje, Secretary, FCT Secondary Education Board, said this while declaring open a three-day capacity building training for teachers under MIND SHIFT Entrepreneurship programme, National-School Entrepreneurship Programme (N-SEP).
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event being attended by more than100 participants was organised by the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN).
Emeje said that the call became necessary in view of the country’s quest to bring education revolution in favour of industrialisation.
While calling for schools’ curriculum that would depict what students should assimilate about entrepreneurship, Emeje described entrepreneurship as a gateway to the economy of every nation.
“The schools’ curriculum must be designed to depict what exactly we need the students to assimilate about entrepreneurship.
“The expected curriculum must denote who an entrepreneur is and the difference between an entrepreneur and an ordinary producer.
“Others are what the society stands to gain from having entrepreneurial oriented citizens and why entrepreneurship is an essential ingredient of education,’’ she said.
She, however, stressed the need for the instruments through which knowledge on entrepreneurial skills were being passed on to students to be conspicuously brought to the mental and physical level where they could interpret relevant topics.
“The instruments for the transmission of entrepreneurial skills to the students are teachers.
“So, it is apt that the teachers are groomed to see the need for entrepreneurship education in the students and develop a passion for transmitting it to the scholars,’’ Emeje said.
She appealed to SMEDAN to intervene by producing adequate instructional materials and textbooks for the teaching of entrepreneurship education in schools.
“Teachers themselves can be handy in bridging this yarning gap, they obviously require motivation and coordination to do this. I therefore, use this opportunity to call on SMEDAN to look toward this direction,’’ Emeje said.
Earlier, the Director-General of SMEDAN, Mr Olawale Fasanya, reiterated the agency’s commitment to promote student entrepreneurship education.
Represented by Dr Friday Okpara, the director, Partnership and Coordination, SMEDAN, Fasanya expressed worry that there was anxiety among Nigerian students about their future because of dearth of opportunity in the employment market.
He said that lack of entrepreneurial skills to go into new business ventures contributed to the much anxiety and uncertainty among the students.
“The World Bank recently predicted that there will be additional injection of 40 million people joining the economically active group by 2040 in Sub-saharan Africa.
“Given the most promising economic performance within the region, there is no way regular employment will cope with this number of people entering the unemployment market.
“The imperative is that young people must be supported with education and training that promotes employment generation and wealth creation,’’ Fasanya said.
Mr Saidu Abubakar, the Principal, Government Secondary School, Area 10, Garki, Abuja, urged the participants to take advantage of the programme to prepare and equip themselves as entrepreneurs as well as entrepreneurship educators.
The participants were taken through topics including `Vision and Goal Setting, Types of Business Ownership, Sales and Marketing Your Business and Your Business and Your Community’ among others.
An empowerment group, Old Panteka Development Association, says it trained 600,000 youths in Kaduna State on various trades since its establishment in 1970.
The Chairman of the association, Alhaji Suleiman Shehu, stated this during an advocacy on voter education convened by Kaduna Progressives Group, on Saturday in Kaduna.
Shehu said the youth were trained on carpentry, welding, painting, roofing, plumbing, electrical work and other trades.
According to him, the Panteka market is an industry in itself with 38 sections, each engaged in different trades.
“We produce so many things that people buy from abroad, we train and retrain the youth.
“Our market has been supporting government programmes and we have members across Kaduna state running businesses and earning a living.
“In panteka we have graduates from all over the state and those still going to school.
“We have collaborated with Kaduna Polytechnic on skills acquisition.
“Currently, government is in the process of intevening through SMEDAN to give us some machines that will assist us,” he added.
He said that the Chairman of Kaduna South Local Government, Alhaji Kabiru Jarimi, had allocated a piece of land to the association to enhance its empowerment activities.
“Prof. Idris Bugaje, the then Rector of Kaduna Polytechnic selected 20 people from panteka market for quality assurance training which was concluded and they have started monitoring our products.
“Today panteka youths can be certified on various trades because of our collaboration with Kaduna polytechnic.
“Our hope is that in future, we will build hostels to accommodate trainees and students on internship, attending our skills acquisition programmes,” Shehu said.
On voters registration, the chairman said that the association had been mobilising its members to obtain the permanent voters cards.
He urged the Independent National Electoral Commission of Nigeria (INEC) to set up Voters’ Registration units to register eligible voters working in the market.
Malam Murtala Usman, the association’s Welfare Officer, said they had also started the Almajiri skills acquisition training, to empower the almajiri school pupils with skills to be self-reliant.
He added that Panteka market was also a research centre on small and medium scale enterprises.
The Chairman, Kaduna progressive group, Dr Bashir Ibrahim, said the market, which had more than 4,000 shops and 50,000 registered members, contributed greatly to the economic development of Kaduna state.
“Our coming today is to seek for your support on creating awareness on voters registration and general support in all our activities,” Ibrahim added.
The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency (SMEDAN) says the agency will disburse N10 million to 20 women small business associations in Cross River.
The Director-General of the agency, Mr Wale Fasanya, said this at the opening of a three-day capacity building programme on grant and growth support for Business Membership Organisations (BMOs) and Trade Associations in Calabar.
Fasanya, represented by Mr Friday Okpara, Director, Partnership and Coordination, SMEDAN, said the programme, which was first implemented in 2017, had so far disbursed N40 million as grants to 488 participants from 80 associations.
He said that the current disbursement of N10 million to 20 associations would bring the total disburement to N50 million to 100 associations.
He said the initiative to support women entrepreneurs became necessary because, according to a 2021 data, 43 per cent of businesses in Nigeria are female-led.
Fasanya said the findings corroborated other reports that show that Nigeria had the highest number of female entrepreneurs in the world.
He, however, said that in spite of the high level of women’s entrepreneurial drive, many of their businesses had remained at subsistence level.
“Considering the impact of female-led businesses, in spite of their challenges, it is imperative that the government and ecosystem players take more intentional approach in supporting them.
“Today, women are making in-road and redefining entrepreneurship as a route to socioeconomic empowerment by making tremendous impact towards employment generation and wealth creation,” Fasanya said
He further said that SMEDAN was eager to share with the women, the latest development within the Nano, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises ecosystem.
He appealed to them to support younger female entrepreneurs to succeed.
Also, Mr Farouk Salim, the D-G, Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), said they were in the programme to sensitise women on how to standardise their products and services to reap numerous benefits.
Salim, represented by the Acting State Coordinator of SON, Mr Fidelis Wariboko, said that having certified products would help one to access loans and grants.
Salim said that the Federal Government, through the Ministry of Trade and Investment and SON, had made the process of product certification easy.
“All that is required is for the entrepreneur to visit SON office, pick the Mandatory Conformity Access Programme form and he or she would be advised on the steps to follow,” he said.
The Cross River Commissioner for Industry, Mr Peter Egba, represented by Mrs Cicilia Adie, thanked SMEDAN for organising the training in the state.
Egba said that women are meticulous in organisation and should use the opportunity to take their businesses to the next level.
He urged the participants to encourage other women by bringing them into their associations.
Some of the participants told the News Agency of Nigeria that finance and enlightenment had always been the challenge of women entrepreneurs.
They said that with the assistance from SMEDAN, they could do more.