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SMEDAN, CAWAN Train 200 Youths, Women In Skills Acquisition

Posted: Jul 17, 2015 at 12:02 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chibuzor Emejor  –   Abuja


The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency (SMEDAN) together with a non-governmental organisation, Community Awareness on Development Network (CAWAN) has concluded plans to flag-off the training of 200 youths and women in various skills acquisition as part of measures to boost job creation in Nigeria.

Speaking at the media briefing on Tuesday in Abuja, the National Co-ordinator of CAWAN, Chike Adaka, explained that the organisation had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with SMEDAN which was targeted at providing training to two million young Nigerians on skills acquisition  in a bid to shift them from being job seekers to employers of labour.

Adaka explained that the training, which would commence in August, would afford the beneficiaries the opportunity to be trained in vocations such as shoe making, Ankara handbags, soap making, Information and Communication Technology, metal works and fabrication of doors and windows as well as installation of solar panels.

Other areas the unemployed would be trained, according to Adaka, include solar street light and traffic light installations, general hair care, make-up design, eye browning, among others.

He assured that at the end of the two weeks  training programme the participants would be encouraged to form Co-operatives, as it would enable them to access the N220 billion provided by  the Central Bank of Nigeria as Small and Medium Enterprises Development Fund.

Also speaking, the Director General of SMEDAN, Masari Bature, restated the unwavering commitment of the Agency to the development and promotion of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises in Nigeria.

Bature explained that the Agency has some agreements with some banks in the provision of start-up capitals to the beneficiaries at single interest rates.