Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation has graduated 50 Small Scale and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) on soft skills in business development and sustainability in Yobe.
Alhaji Babangida Aliyu, the Chairman Board of Trustees of the foundation stated this at the graduation ceremony on Friday in Damaturu.
Aliyu was represented by Malam Ibrahim Shekaran, the Secretary Board of Trustees of the foundation.
“I am extremely delighted filled with immense pride and joy as we gather here for the closing ceremony of the soft skill development training for Yobe state SMEs.
“Over the past two weeks, we have witnessed the transformation and growth of our local entrepreneurs.
Aliyu congratulated all the participants for their dedication passion and commitment to self improvement.
He said throughout the ten days training, the participants had displayed resilience, eagerness and strong determination to learn enhance their skills.
He expressed gratitude to Yobe government for its support to foster economic development for empowering local businesses.
“Your vision to creating an enabling environment for entrepreneurship are commendable and we are grateful for your partnership in this endeavour,” he added.
The Chairman also extended appreciation to the training consultants.
“Your are enterprise, guidance and tireless efforts have been commendable for equipping our entrepreneurs with the soft skills necessary for success in today’s competitive business landscape,” he said.
In his remarks Gov Mai Mala Buni urged the participants to utilise the knowledge and skills they acquired to drive positive change and their respective businesses.
He also enjoined them to contribute to the overall development of the state.
He also commended the foundation for selecting Yobe for the programme.
“In this regard, we are proud to associate with the Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation in our common drive at providing employment and income generation opportunities for self-reliance to our teeming youth,” he said.
He noted that a stipend would be jointly provided by the Yobe government and the foundation to the trainees as transport fares.
Dr Baba Shani, the training consultant observed that the participants came with little or no business and sustainability skills.
“Today, after vigorous 240 hours training and mentoring on various aspects of business development and sustainability skills.
“We can confidently say we have graduates equipped with the essential skills that are vital for the success of their businesses,” he said.
In his remarks, Alhaji Abdullahi Bego the Senior Special Assistant to Yobe Governor on Wealth Creation, Empowerment and Employment Generation said the gesture was inline with Yobe government’s drive of youth empowerment.
He commended Gov Buni for creating the ministry.
Bego added that the ministry had carried out several interventions and empowerment programmes within two years of creating the the ministry.