Ebonyi: SMEDAN trains 4,000 youths amidst COVID-19 pandemic


By Echem Ogodo

The Small and Medium Enterprise of Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), said it has trained over 4, 000 unemployed youths in Ebonyi on different skills even with the Coronavirus pandemic.

Mr Chigozie Asochukwu, Agency's Coordinator in the state told Journalists on Thursday in Abakaliki that some of the skills include: hair dressing, tailoring, barbing, computer operator, shoe maker, photographer among others.

Asochukwu explained that the training were carried between January till date, assurimg that the Agency was poised to do more on its mandate to adequately engage unemployed persons and make them to self-reliance.

According to him, there are so many programmes and training we conducted within this period of coronavirus pandemic and we were able to assist some of the participants with support equipment to start their own business.

"Yes, COVID-19 affected all facets of lifes but we still keep to our mandate. The federal government is doing good on youth development. They have just introduced what they call "Survival Fund" to cushion the effect of COVID-19.

"On monitoring those, we have trained in our programme, we normally do what we call post training and we visit them to ensure that they are making the good use of what they have benefited from," he explained.

The Coordinator,however decried the destruction caused by the EndSars protest and urged the young persons to embrace entrepreneurship rather than searching for white-collar jobs.

"Government cannot employ everybody. There is need to develop oneself in business. We should know that the benefit of entrepreneur to human capital development could not be over-emphasised.

"The youth should avoid anything that can cause disorder and embrace the federal campaign on youth empowerment. Enroll to any of the programme and grants," he advised.

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