In line with its mandate to reduce unemployment in the country, the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has embarked on the training of no fewer than 50 persons on enterprise and finance clinic in Edo State.
This brings the number of persons to be trained on Enterprise and Finance Clinic through the Small Scale Enterprise of the directorate to 850 within the 17 southern states of the federation.
Mallam Abubakar Nuhu Fikpo, the Director-General of the NDE, who disclosed this while speaking at the opening ceremony in Benin, noted that the objectives of the clinic include sensitising the participants to the realities of the Nigerian labour market thereby encouraging them to opt for self-employment as a career path.
The director-general who was represented by the Edo State Coordinator, Mr. Solomon Edobor also counseled participants to choose the type of business that would fit their interests, skills and competencies.
According to him, the training is also to encourage participants who may have been in business already to properly conceptualise their chosen businesses into feasibility business ideas through the writing feasibility studies and interfacing between resource persons.
“It is also to mentor participants for the implementation of feasible business plans that have the capability of being funded by financial institutions as well as to link the participants with relevant stakeholders having the wherewithal to assist them in funding their viable projects.”
Representative of the Director of Small Scale Enterprise, Mrs. Ngozi Elochukwu in an address, said the essence of the programme was to enhance entrepreneurship within the economy. She also called on the participants to endeavour to key into the clinic so as to reap the benefits of the programme.
The Edo State Coordinator, Mr. Solomon Edobor in a personal remark noted that the clinic/training consisted of counselling and sensitisation, finance seminar, lecture on business among others.