KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – Kaduna State University Entrepreneurship Research and Development Centre, (ERDC) said it had trained 480 women and youth on various vocational skills in the State in seven months.
Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Muhammad Tanko, disclosed on Friday at the close of a three-week training for 240 women and youth, which began on Sept 10, 2018.
Prof Tanko explained that the training was conducted under the Kaduna Entrepreneurship Volunteerism Service, (KADEVS), which was aimed to produce about 50,000 entrepreneurs by 2019.
He said that the first batch of 240 consists of 10 participants from each of the 23 local government areas of the state, who were trained in March 2018.
The Vice Chancellor added that the second batch of 240 were trained with support from Association of Local Governments of Nigeria.
“You would recall that KADEVS Phase I was successfully conducted in March 2018 for 240 participants trained on small business planning, execution and management, organic farming, catering and craftsmanship among other skills.
“The skills areas in phase II were on fashion design and accessories, tilling services, leather works, carpentry, welding, CCTV and internet installation and cosmetics production,” he said.
Tanko said that the initiative would go a long way in reducing poverty rate, unemployment and enhance the standard of living of the people of the state.
Earlier, Director of ERDC, Dr. Helen Andow explained that the goal was to train women and youth who volunteer to become entrepreneurs, who in turn will train others.