Reporter: By Blessing Bature-Akpakpan
The National Directorate of Employment through the Small Scale Enterprise Department, FCT has today flagged off training program for 50 graduates of tertiary institution on ” start your own business ” an initiative design to boost small scale enterprises in the country so that Nigerian youths can create jobs for themselves and be self reliant.
The Director General, National Directorate of Employment, (NDE), Mallam Abubakar Nuhu Fikpo who was represented by the deputy director, Small scale enterprise department, Aisha Ibrahim said the program is expected to furnish the trainees with the relevant ideas needed to successfully start and run their own businesses and become self reliant and employer of labour.
” So many Nigerian youths have lots of business ideas but how to go about it has always been a problem but with this opportunity, they will be able to effectively harness their ideas and write a good feasibility after which they will summit to the NDE that will approve them and either give them start up capital or assist them with needed equipment to start their business”.
In the same vein, the state coordinator NDE-FCT, Mallam Hassan Isa Koto said the five days training program for the 50 unemployed graduates will inculcate in them and other interested persons the spirit of entrepreneurship, creativity and self reliance with the view to assisting them set up their own businesses in order to create employment for themselves and others.
Speaking with one of the participants, James Egbede said the training was quite apt and timely considering the current economic situation around the world which Nigeria is not excluded, there is need to boost small scale businesses in the country, and appreciated the NDE for such opportunity offered them through the training and called on relevant agencies and stakeholders to support this initiative to create employment opportunities for the teaming Nigerian youths.