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NIDCOM, SMEDAN empower S/Africa returnees

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NIGERIANS in Diaspora Commission, NIDCOM, in partnership with Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency, SMEDAN, has commenced a four-day programme to empower some victims of the South African xenophobic attack and others.
This followedthe Chairman/CEO, NIDCOM,AbikeDabiri-Erewa’s initiative for returnees from Lebanon and Libya.
The empowerment programme is ongoing simultaneously in 11 states, Lagos, Ekiti, Adamawa, Katsina, Ebonyi, Delta, Rivers, Kwara, Niger, Zamfara and Bauchi.
The NIDCOM chairman, in her keynote speech delivered by Mr. AkanbiAbiodun, advised the participants not to despise the period of little beginnings, stating that the modern-day equipment that SMEDAN will hand-out to them at the end of the training must be treated as a poverty defying tool.
According to the NIDCOM boss, the partnership with SMEDAN was borne out of the need to help build the capacity of the returnees by empowering them in certain vocational and entrepreneurship skills, considering the fact that most of them came back home empty-handed after losing their businesses and property to the attack.
Speaking, the Director-General of SMEDAN, Dr. DikkoUmaruRadda, and Chairman of SMEDAN Board, Otunba Femi Pedro, thanked Dabiri-Erewa for her enormous contributions towards theactualisation of the training/skills acquisition programme.
Both public officials agreed that NIDCOM under her leadership is doing a great deal in de-populating Nigeria’s unemployment market and simultaneously bringing into Nigeria, the Diaspora market in the areas of critical sector investments, skills, knowledge transfer, Diaspora settlement assistance and most recently, the Diaspora Fund Initiative.
AbisolaOgunlenu, a participant and training representative for one of the subset classes, poured praises on the NIDCOM chairman for taking them away from the streets and empowering them financially.

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