The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria, SMEDAN has organized a one week e-Business youth training and empowerment programme for 230 youths across some states in Nigeria to enhance youths to better utilize ICT skills. In a statement from the head, corporate affairs unit of the agency Ibrahim Mohammed stated that the training was aimed at addressing youth unemployment in the state as the programme provided skills and knowledge for the teeming youths to enable them to become self-reliant and economically independent particularly in the area of information communication technology (ICT).
The statement added that at the end of the training, participants are expected to learn how to do businesses online, market their goods, and provide services as well as proper usage and management of social media platforms.
In his remark the Director General of the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria, SMEDAN, Dr. Dikko Umaru Radda who was represented by Alhaji Abdullahi Aliyu Musawa in Katsina state noted the importance of ICT to the MSMEs sector of the economy, hence the decision of SMEDAN to inculcate the spirit of ICT into entrepreneurs in the country.
He urged beneficiaries to take the training with all seriousness and be committed to learning all the necessary skills and knowledge on e-business and to also utilize the facilities they will receive from SMEDAN at the end of the training.
Sixty-eight (68) youths, two each, drawn from each local government of Katsina state participated in the training which was also conducted in Osun, Bauchi, Kogi, Akwa Ibom, and Ebonyi states.
At the completion of the training, each participant received a laptop and other internet facility gadgets.
The participants expressed their gratitude and appreciation to SMEDAN under the leadership of Dr. Dikko Umaru Radda whose gestures brought to them this opportunity and they promised to utilize judiciously the knowledge and empowerment packages