Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria, SMEDAN, South-east Zonal Office has trained over 3000 final year students of the Federal Polytechnic Nekede, Owerri, Imo State on how to start and run their own small businesses.
This was contained in a press statement made available to Nigerian Pilot by SMEDAN Southeast Zonal Coordinator,
Rev. Levi Anyikwa.
It stated that the training was organised by the agency in collaboration with Technological Entrepreneurship Development Centre, TEDC, of the Polytechnic to prepare students for economic self-reliance and to become employers of labour upon graduation.
Speaking at the closing ceremony of the 3-day training programme, the South-east Zonal Coordinator of SMEDAN, Rev. Levi Anyikwa, urged the students to put into practice what they had learnt in the course of the training and expressed optimism that among them would emerge Nigeria’s richest men and women in the future.
“Through this programme, SMEDAN is targeting about one million students in the institutions of higher learning in the South-East. We have commenced work with the Federal Polytechnic Oko and other institutions in the zone. We are convinced that this programme will add impetus to the efforts of SMEDAN to spread the culture of entrepreneurship to the tertiary institutions and beyond”, he said.
According to Anyikwa, the training came at a time when the volatility and slump of the prices of crude oil, Nigeria’s cash cow, was giving the government and people of Nigeria serious cause for concern.
He called on all able-bodied Nigerians to join the campaign for diversification of the nation’s economy, stressing that Nigeria was yet to fully exploit her huge resource endowments for economic transformation.
Rector of the Polytechnic, Dr. Mrs. Celestina Njoku, commended SMEDAN for initiating and successfully executing the programme and urged the agency to ensure adequate follow-up of the students, especially as they graduate and go for national service and subsequent commencement of career in entrepreneurship.

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