SMEDAN begins training IDPs and detainees on vocational and entrepreneurial skills

1 NOPE) The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN)began training 240 internally displaced persons (PDIs), correctional inmates and retirees on entrepreneurial skills in six states of the federation.

2 M Olawale Fasanyadirector general of the agency said as he launched a five-day training course on developing specialized skills for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) program in minna In Monday.

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3 Fasanya said the 240 beneficiaries from Niger, wave, Imo, Katsina, borno and rivers states would be trained in entrepreneurship, job skills for self-reliance as well as empowerment materials.

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4 He explained that the program, which is three-pronged, would provide a start-up package and support to IDPs, pensioners as well as correctional inmates in a special way.

5 According to him, the program aims to create jobs and reduce poverty by empowering displaced people, prisoners and pensioners to ensure that they become self-sufficient and financially independent.

6 Fasanya further said that the agency has set up a conditional grant transfer program for micro-enterprises in Nigeriain which 40,000 entrepreneurs from 22 states across the country benefited from a grant of N50,000.

seven He also explained that the agency was implementing the One Local Government One Product initiative in all senatorial districts in Nigeria.

8 In his address, Malam Adamu Salihu, Director General of the Niger State Chamber of Commerce, advised retired civil servants to urgently acquire various skills that would make them more productive in society.

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