By sani dutsinma
Federal Government has earmarked over N75 billion for the support of Small and Medium Scale Businesses for the benefit of Nigerians particularly Youths with a view to form a small scale businesses.
The Director General of the Agency, Dr. Dikko Umaru Radda disclosed this at an official closing of three days, 2020 SMEDAN Talent Hunt, in Fashion,Arts and Crafts organized by SMEDAN in partnership with Zamfara State Zakkat and Endowment Board held in Gusau.
He said, the N75 billian set aside by the Federal Government through his office will be shared among the 36 states of the federation for the benefit of their people.
Dr Radda added that only Lagos, Kano and Abia states will get larger share of the scheme considering their population density and involvement of youths in various small and medium businesses.
According to him, this year’s SMEDAN Talent Hunt Theme; Breaking Covid-19 Pandemic Conventional Constraints to Spark Innovation, has been introduced by the Federal Government to develop local Craft and talent among local Craft professionals, improved and patronized made in Nigeria product.
According to him, the aims of the scheme is to empower the participants through further capacity development, linkages and visibility via E- marketing Program and online market and trade fairs both local and international respectively.
He commended Zamfara State Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle for hosting the event with enabling environment for the implementation of the scheme in the State successful urging the participants to make use of what they’ve learnt during their training in order to attain the desired objectives.
Earlier in a Goodwill message, the Zamfara State Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle who was represented by the Speaker Zamfara state Assembly Alhaji Nasiru Ma’azu Magarya said, part of the state government efforts to boost the morals of the entire people of the state, Zamfara State is empowering 1800 women every months with N20,000 each to have Petty business at their matrimonial homes.