[From BONIFACE OKORO, Umuahia]
As part of its plan to encourage more Abia youths to engage in businesses, National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has commenced a five-day training for 50 youths drawn from the 17 local governments of the State on how they could start their own small businesses.
The training programme being run under the Small Scale Enterprises (SSE) Development Department of National Directorate of Employment (NDE) is known as Start-Your-Own-Business (SYOB) Programme with the goal of breeding young business men and women which would stimulate springing up of small scale business enterprises across the state.
Flagging off the training in Umuahia Monday, Director-General of NDE, Mallam Mohammed Nuhu Fikpo, explained that the training was part of the federal government’s business enhancement and job creation programme aimed at awakening and sharpening business engagement skills of the participants drawn from the army of youths and unemployed persons.
Fikpo, represented by the Abia State Coordinator of NDE, Mr Chima Uzoma Ibeh, therefore charged the participants to take the training seriously and be steadfast in attendance.
Representative of the Director of Small Scale Enterprises (SSE) Department, Mrs Augustina Chilaka, said that the training workshop would feature seasoned resource persons, including business experts who would coach the participants on practical business modules.
Mrs Chilaka assured the participants their welfare would be prioritized while the training lasts as they would be paid allowances, among other packages.
In his remarks, the Head, SSE Department of NDE, Abia State, Pastor Boyle Okwandu, urged the participants to be diligent and committed in attending the programme.
Responding on behalf of the participants, Ms Cinnamon Akuoma, pledged that they would take advantage of the programme to be able to plan and start their own businesses individually or as cooperative groups after the training.