As part of ensuring that beneficiaries of its various training programmes are better positioned to manage their own businesses, the National Directorate of Employment (NDE), on Tuesday in Asaba, capital of Delta State, began a five-day Basic Business Training for 30 unemployed youths.
The beneficiaries are the recently graduated trainees of the Enviropreneurship Development Scheme organised by its Special Public Works (SPW) Department who were trained in the conversion of waste material to finished valuables products (Waste-to-Wealth) in partnership with the directorate’s Small Scale Enterprises (SSE) Department.
In his keynote speech at the opening of the exercise, the Director-General of the NDE, Mallam Abubakar Nuhu Fikpo, described the BBT “as an exit strategy for beneficiaries of the Enviroprenuership Development Scheme (EDS) to enable them to realize the great potentials in them, and enhance financial inclusion and boost Nigeria’s gross domestic products.”
He noted that the participants are very lucky to be getting such training on a platter of gold, assuring that the exercise is designed “to expose the trainees to the processes of business start-up and management.”
The SSE, he said, is one of the four core programmes of the NDE designed to inculcate entrepreneurship spirit among the unemployed graduates of tertiary institutions and other interested persons.
The agency, he said continues to ensure “its programmes meet the serious challenges and changing postures of unemployment. This repositioning includes a constant update of data, facts and factors related to the unemployment phenomenon.”
He listed the objectives to include fostering the creation of new businesses, and stimulating entrepreneurial spirit among participants, in addition to training them “to manage their enterprises effectively and efficiently based on the best practices to prevent business failure.”
Fikpo, therefore, enjoined the beneficiaries “to optimally utilize this opportunity to acquire knowledge that will help you become self-reliant, self-employed and employers of labour in the nearest future, by taking this training very seriously.”
Earlier in his welcome address, Acting NDE State Coordinator, Onyeogo Sylvanus said the exercise is also aimed at increasing the income-generating activities of beneficiaries for sustainability.
“The objective is to create employment opportunities that would place food on their tables, thus creating wealth for themselves and others,” he stressed noting that the beneficiaries will be taken through “sensitisation/motivation for entrepreneurship, forms of business and legal responsibilities, sources of fund and professional advice, record-keeping, costing of products/services, marketing, cash management, business failure- causes and prevention tips, business ethics amongst others.”
He urged the beneficiaries “to be very attentive to the resource persons in order to maximize the opportunity given to you through this training to learn the process of business start-up and management. Our Resource Persons have wealth of experience and would do justice to all the topics enumerated above. This will no doubt enable you to be self-employed and self–reliant to create wealth and job opportunities for others.”