The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) on Thursday equipped 90 entrepreneurs with Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills to drive technology adoption for businesses in the country.
The beneficiaries were presented with equipment for digital marketing, phone repairs and computers at the official closing ceremony of the first phase of the National Vocational Training and Entrepreneurial Scheme on ICT, on Thursday in Lagos.
Director-General, SMEDAN, Mr Olawale Fasanya, said the scheme was to equip entrepreneurs with e-commerce skills to shore up their contribution to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
He stated that the commitment of the participants would motivate government to do more after an impact assessment.
He encouraged the beneficiaries to maximise the opportunities availed them by the training programme and assured of support for MSMEs to help them grow.
“ICT skill development is one of the priority areas identified by the agency to facilitate and sustain a vibrant MSME sub-sector that will be the major driver of national economic growth and development.
“The objective of the programme is to develop participants and train the network of businesses, while promoting computer literacy as ICT is a means of granting access to the world market,” he said.
He said online applications could be used for accounting and downloadable softwares which were available for business communication and documents sharing for small scale businesses.
“It is key to note that some of the business challenges like cybercrime, phishing, online theft would be tackled and must not hinder participants from harnessing the opportunities available to them.
“SMEDAN will continue to support towards ensuring that we achieve the MSMEs sub-sector of our dream in the areas of job creation, wealth creation and poverty alleviation,” he said.