NDE trains 360 entrepreneurs in Plateau
The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has trained 360 men and women on agriculture and manufacturing businesses in Jos, the Plateau State capital.
The Head, NDE Small Scale Enterprises (SME) in the state, Ustaz Sulaiman Ahmad, yesterday, said the aim of the training was to prepare the participants on how to engage in agricultural or manufacturing businesses after accessing loans from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
NDE trained the participants on how to access the loans through NIRSAL to engage in various businesses in order to cushion the suffering of the SMEs.
Ahmad said, “The programme is in collaboration with the NDE and the CBN. We train them on how to effectively write a business plan and at the end we give them a certificate of attendance. And with this certificate, they can key into CBN’s programme with AGSMEIS.”
The Director General of NDE, Dr. Nasir Absullahi Ladam Argungu, represented by the state Coordinator, Ibrahim Ardo Abdulaziz, said registration and admission into the programme and certificates to be issued were free of charge, calling on all the participants to judiciously utilise the loans when accessed.
A participant, Samuel Mwansat, expressed delight over the programme, saying it would reduce unemployment in the country.
Mwansat said, “We are happy that the FG is bringing this kind of programme. It has come at the right time. We will by the grace of God ensure that whatever is given to us is used as expected.”