United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in collaboration with the Nigerian Government has begun the implementation of a comprehensive entrepreneurship training programme in Nigeria.
The Country Director, Samuel Bwalya, said that the entrepreneurship training exercise was aimed at changing the mindset of young people and expose them to accounting, business development, value change and marketing techniques.
He said they would train millions of Nigerians in entrepreneurial skills in the next five years.
“We have commenced our engagement with the government of Nigeria to establish a youth employability, innovation and entrepreneurshipevelopment programme which will run from this year for the next five years.
“The objective of the programme is to stimulate entrepreneurship in Nigeria, support private sector development and focus on the young people who are asking for skills that they need either to become employable because the skills that are demanded in the market are certainly different from the skills the young people have today,” Mr.Bwala explained.
He noted that the agency was working with ‘up-taker industries’, to employ graduates of its training programmes as well as promote credit facilities to enable those who could not secure employment set up their businesses.
“So, the first component of the programme is to focus on intervention that will make the young people employable in the market and under the employability programme, we are training people with new skills that are demanded by the market and we assist the trained young people to be employed.
Participants from IDP camps
Bwalya, explained that UNDP had just completed a six-day entrepreneurship training programme for fifty participants drawn from IDP camps in Maiduguri and other parts from the state and that the programme would be implemented in Adamawa, Borno, Benue, Edo and Yobe States.
The Director, however urged the beneficiaries to utilise what they had learned and engage in productive activities.