66,092 have benefited from various SME programs in Katsina – SMEDAN Manager

By Ogalah Ibrahim

The Small and Medium Enterprise Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) has announced that no fewer than 66,092 people from Katsina State have benefited from the agency’s various programs under its former boss, Dr. Dikko Umar Radda, benefited.

During a one-day symposium on “Dr. Dikko Radda, Beyond Propaganda, held at the Katsina Motel, Yusuf Abdullahi, SMEDAN’s state manager, said that out of the 66,092 beneficiaries, 58 had secured employment at the agency from 2016 to 2022.

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Presenting the breakdown of the number of beneficiaries in Katsina under its various programs between 2016 and 2022, Katsina SMEDAN manager said: “In addition to the 31,726 beneficiaries who were sensitized to capacity building and skill acquisition in the state, 5,224 others trained and empowered through the Youth, Women and General Entrepreneurship Development Programs (YDEP, WDEP, GDEP) within the reporting period.”

This, Yusuf said, is a big improvement from previous days when the state only had 150 beneficiaries per year and sometimes none at all from the schemes.

On the MSME Survival Fund Scheme, Yusuf noted that Katsina has 7,770 beneficiaries, while on the Conditional Grant Scheme (CGS) there are 3,090 beneficiaries who have each received N50,000 to boost their business.

Also, as part of the Youth Business Owners in Nigeria (YBON) program, which is said to be a similar program to CGS,…

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