By Faith Igbudu
Not fewer than 40 women across Benue State have been equipped with practical agric skills to enable them launch into entrepreneurship businesses through the SMEDAN programme tagged: “Women in Agriculture, Agro Allied and Cottage Enterprises (AWAKE)” at the Entrepreneurship Development Center, Makurdi.
SMEDAN, an acronym for Small and Medium Enterprise Development Agency of Nigeria is saddled with the responsibility of promoting the development of entrepreneurship ideas and start ups.
The Benue State Manager of SMEDAN, Mr Oryiman Alu, said the sole reason for the training was in keeping with the organization’s goal of promoting entrepreneurship in Nigeria.
He charged beneficiaries of the training to put into practice what they have learnt so as to provide a platform for others to learn and also contribute to the development of the economy.
Facilitator of the programme at the headquarters in Abuja, Mrs Petra Adenilan, noted that the programme was targeted at women in recognition of their efforts and also to boost their contributions to agricultural activities in the country by giving them the necessary training needed for their agriculture endeavours.
Some beneficiaries of the programme including Mrs Ngizan Chahul and Mwuese Ortyoyande, both cottage farmers said among other things, they have learnt to keep records, insure their farms and improve on their interpersonal relationships.
Similarly, youths and women drawn from across the state have benefitted from a kit empowerment initiative of the establishment in a training carried out in collaboration with Zanoah’s Global Links Limited under the National Entrepreneurship Training Vocation/Enterprise Management training on GSM repairs and fashion design.
Speaking with The Voice, representative of Zanoahs Global Links Limited, Mr Rueben Umenefu said the training was organised in keeping with the bid earlier won by the company to handle the entrepreneurship component of the national entrepreneurship training programme.
He urged the beneficiaries to put to good use the tools given to them, saying there would on the spot monitoring by SMEDAN.