The Small and Medium Enterprise Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) has trained and empowered 40 entrepreneurs with Information Communication Technology (ICT) and digital skills in Ebonyi
Dr Olawale Fasanya, Director-General of SMEDAN, noted this during the closing ceremony of a three-day training and empowerment programme held in Abakaliki on Friday, October 13, 2023.
The programme was targeted at young entrepreneurs to improve micro small and medium enterprise
Fasanya, who was represented by Mr Chigozie Asochukwu, SMEDAN Coordinator in Ebonyi, said that the importance of ICT in doing business cannot be over-emphasise
According to him, the empowerment programme, which was in partnership with Dole International Company Ltd., was aimed at giving business owners ecommerce know-how to increase their contributions to the nation’s GD
He reaffirmed the agency’s commitment to business growth, urging the beneficiaries to practice what they had learn
“This will go a long way in enhancing productivity, customer engagement and give the entrepreneurs a competitive advantage in doing business
“It will help in digital knowledge and tools needed to grow businesses online as well as enable efficient communication, data management and analysis
“This is a three-day training and the participants were engaged in three module including Google digital skills, digital market fundamental and business formalization,” Fasanya asserted.
Also, Mr Njoku Ozoemena, who spoke on behalf of “City Boys Movement”, hinted that the training became necessary to enhance e-commerce in the country
He commended the Federal Government for putting up the programme and urged the trainees to utilize the knowledge.
One of the beneficiaries, Kelechi Njoku, applauded SMEDAN for exposing them to modern skills for business and pledged to utilize what she had learn
The agency later gave laptops to the trainees to enable them to promote their businesses.