About 300 innovators from four states – Akwa Ibom, Enugu, Gombe and Kaduna – yesterday stormed Kaduna State to take part in the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) talent hunt in fashion, arts and craft.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the hunt with the theme ‘Breaking Convention, Sparking Innovation’, yesterday in Kaduna, the Director-General and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the agency, Dr. Dikko Umaru Radda, said the programme is also designed toward discovering hidden talents and showcasing innovative talents in fashion, arts and craft.
He hoped that the hunt will enable wealth creation and self-reliance, thereby reducing poverty among youth.
“It is a complete hand-holding programme from identification, selection, to start-up with enterprise support opportunity and facilitating necessary linkages and visibility,” he said.
He disclosed that successful participants were attached to innovation hubs in the three locations adding, “We partnered with innovation hub on the provision of business development services for all the finalists. Arts and craft will be identified and supported with financial assistance and technical support through entrepreneurship training.”
OUR THOUGHT: The need to empower the youth for a better tomorrow as well as increment of the standard of living cannot be overemphasized. All praise to the INNOVATORS for taking part in the SMEDAN to encourage the Youths of Kaduna to take charge of their lives and to improve quality of life.
Considering the Economic factors which affects majority of the Nigerian Youths, this talent hunt may never gain Productivity without deepening of the financial system and in particular, more support from the banking system. In order to overcome these factors constraining the Nigerian youths, we recommend that a special fund be created and accessible, this will in turn free the Youths from difficulties from exploring their creativity.
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