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Anambra partners SMEDAN on vocational training of young entrepreneurs



ANAMBRA State Ministry of Trade and Commerce, Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Department has organized a three-day vocational training workshop for young entrepreneurs in the state, in partnership with the small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN).

The skill acquisition programme which took place in CMO Hall, Regina Caeli Road Awka recently was aimed at empowering the youths in the state with entrepreneurial skills, such as production of liquid soaps, perfumes, car wash, disinfectants and insecticides.

In her opening remarks, the Director of SMEDAN in Anambra State Chito Onuzulike explained that the agency is saddled with the responsibility of assisting the SMEs which play a critical role in the economic transformation of any nation.

According to the Director, “we train people that are yet to start up their own businesses, or people that are already in business but want to diversify into production of household chemical products”.

Mrs Onuzulike urged the participants to make use of the knowledge impacted on them to make their lives meaningful, pointing out that the business requires a very small amount of fund to start up.

She stressed that the training programme will help achieve a meaningful economic growth, employment generation, poverty reduction and wealth creation in the state.

Also speaking during the workshop, the Head of Department SME, Ministry of Trade and Commerce in Anambra State Mr. Okwudilichukwu Obiefuna has described the vocational training programme as a step in the right direction. He stressed that no society achieves a substantial economic growth without a robust manufacturing sector as well as a well nurtured Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.

The HOD therefore encouraged the youths and the people of Anambra to check out for other similar packages mapped out for them by the state government through the Ministry, to support their businesses; such as loan schemes, grants and guide on best business practices.

In a vote of thanks, one of the beneficiaries Mrs Uju Anika, on behalf of others thanked Anambra State Government and SMEDAN for organizing a free training workshop for the youths. Mrs. Anika revealed that receiving such training outside is very expensive and urged the participants to make the best use of the skills acquired to start up their own businesses, so as to improve their overall standard of living.

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