From Muawuya Bala Idris, Katsina
The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) has introduced entrepreneurship subject in schools to assist students with skills to depend on themselves after graduation.
The Director General of the agency, Dr. Umar Dikko Radda revealed this in Katsina during an interactive session organized by students Unions of Tertiary Institutions and Supreme Success Educational Consultancy.
Radda said some primary, secondary and tertiary institutions in 18 out of 36 states have commenced teaching of the subject.
He said under the arrangement, teachers of the schools would be trained in entrepreneurship and are expected to teach the subject to their students.
“We have trained 200 teachers from some tertiary institutions; we expect them to teach what they learnt to their students,” he said.
Radda further said his agency would set up entrepreneurship clubs in primary and secondary schools in all the 36 states of the federation.
He revealed: “We want to encourage students to start developing skills in entrepreneurship. The measure will assist them to create business for themselves.”
The Director General called on the students unions to take advantage of the activities of the agency, to build the union, instead of seeking financial assistance from individuals and government.
He said the agency would continue to provide all necessary assistance to encourage setting of small scale business to generate income for the people of the nation.
Radda, who is one of the aspirants contesting for governorship sit under APC in the state, pledged to set up a ministry in charge of small and medium enterprise.