08 December 2020 By Josiah Buzun
350 participants in Plateau State are under going a basic business training to enable them
access loans from the Central Bank of Nigeria to start small businesses.
The program is organised by the National Directorate of Employment Plateau State, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and the Central Bank of Nigeria.
Speaking at the event, the Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Paulin Tallen noted that the participants would be more equipped to start their businesses at the end of the training.
Represented by her Personal Assistant, Alhaji Bala Mohammed, Dame Tallen noted with concern that most of the Youths in the State are not able to access the loans meant for the State.
She challenged the participants to follow the procedure spelt out for acquiring the loan and desist from cutting corners as this would only compound the situation.
The Plateau State coordinator of the National Directorate of employment, Mallam Ibrahim Abdulazeez described the event as a rare opportunity given to the participants to find a means of livelihood for themselves and urged them to work hard.
He assured the participants that at the end of the training, those engaged in small businesses would have an idea on how to expand their businesses, while those that intend to start would have many business ideas to choose from.
In her address, the State chairperson of the National Council of Women Societies, Mrs Felicia Bala called for the inclusion of more women in subsequent programs.