The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) has began the training of 85 persons for five days on innovative ideas in Fashion, Arts and Crafts in Northeast sub-region.
Dr Dikko Radda, Director-General of SMEDAN, made this known in Gombe on Monday during the SMEDAN Talent Hunt Programme in Fashion, Arts and Crafts.
Radda, who was represented by the Zonal Coordinator, Bauchi Zonal Office, Malam Mahmoud Isa, said during the training, the 85 participants would demonstrate their ideas to the panel of judges for evaluation.
According to him, subsequently the best 10 will be selected and they will be empowered through further capacity developments, linkages and visibility, Via e-marketing
He said the first three positions among the best 10, will be further empowered financially and technically.
Radda said his agency is collaborating with the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) in the implementation of the programme and working tirelessly in the selection of entrepreneurs out of several applicants that responded to the call.
“The role of creative arts has been shown not only to promote economic growth and trade but social inclusion, cultural diversity and human development.
“As an agency, we will continue to strive for excellence and strategic growth through forming strong partnership with reputable public and private institutions.
“This is in order to build an all inclusive and conducive business environment and access to local and international markets,’’ he said.
Aminatu Mashegu, Deputy Director, Arts and Crafts, National Council for Arts and Culture, Abuja, urged the participants to take advantage of the platform to make contacts and interact with each other.
She said there were many opportunities in Arts and Crafts if properly utilised to address the problem of unemployment due as there were no white-collar jobs.
In his goodwill message, Gombe State Commissioner for Trade and Industry, Mr Danjuma Mele, said that SMEs were the economic bedrock of any industrial evaluation.
Mele, who was represented by Malam Mohammed Malala, Permanent Secretary in the ministry, said the giant economy in the world began by promoting small scale industries.
He commended SMEDAN for bringing the training to Gombe State and reiterated government’s commitment in that direction.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that participants were drawn from Bauchi, Gombe, Adamawa, Yobe, Taraba and Borno.