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SMEDAN trains 100 entrepreneurs with disabilities

by Inclusive News Network

Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) has engaged 100 entrepreneurs with disabilities in training on skills to improve their standards of living.

SMEDAN Director-General, Mr Olawale Fasanya, made the disclosed at the opening of a three-day capacity building programme on Tuesday in Lagos.

The event was on Grant and Growth Support for Business Members Organisation (BMO) and trade associations.

Fasanya said that the training was only for the persons with physical not mentality challenges and provide them with the opportunities to be self-reliant as well as contribute to Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

“Some of the physical challenged are into different trade such as printing, buying and selling of different goods, cobblers, soap making and others.

“The idea of today’s training is to bring you together to network and see how we can get your products to the market.

“After the training, we are still going to visit you individually and provide a business development services as well arrange a special opportunity fair for you where you can showcase your product,” he said.

According to him, the fair will help them to know their weakness and advantages in their business pursuit, especially in marketing their products.

Fasanya said that the programme was consistent with the provisions of the National Policy on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) that sought to ensure economic inclusion and empowerment of people with special disabilities.

The Director, Entrepreneurship, Lagos State Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment, Mrs Taiwo Abiose, said the Lagos State Government had trained 1,000 persons with disability since October 2021.

Abiose said that the beneficiaries had been provided with start-up kits and take-off grant to assist them after the training.

She also said that the Lagos State Government would soon start the second batch of the training for persons with disability.

Director, Partnering and Coordinating, SMEDAN, Dr Friday Opara, represented by Dr Yinka Fishers, commended the participants for contributing the Nigerian economy.

Opara said that the training was to improve their performance in various fields of trade and added that SMEDAN would continue to ensure collaboration with them.

The Coordinator, Nigerian Association of the Blind, Lagos Chapter, Mrs Christiana Akinrimade, commended SMEDAN for encouraging and exposing them to both foreign and local training.

He appealed to the Federal Government to employ initiatives that would enable special persons have access to funds to develop their businesses.

The President, East on Star Care Foundation, Mrs Upright Nkpofen, hailed the efforts of SMEDAN in training and retraining.

Mr Babatunde Muhammed, a participant at the training, urged the government to patronize his printing business to enable him care for his family.

Another participant, Mr Kayode Afolabi, said they needed a more conducive atmosphere to sell their products.

He urged the government to provide a special shops in all major markets for persons with disability.

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1 comment

Osagie Kingsley July 20, 2022 - 7:21 pm

I commend SMEDAN for effort, and those who make the program work in Lagos State. However, I want to use this opportunity to plead that the federal government to intensify their efforts to extend this program to Edo state, base on the fact that we also participate during the registration process and after all the process we are not seeing the benefits.

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