Noble Sunday, Benin
The Pro-poor Growth and Promotion of Employment in Nigeria Programme implemented by a German organization, GIZ/GOPA has successfully trained some local partners in Edo State, including Society for the Empowerment of Young Persons (SEYP), Sabi Hub Nigeria, LAPO Finance Fast and Viisaus Technology.
The organization (GIZ) had last week signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the administration of the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led Edo State Government in view of the projects to be implemented in the state.
The Executive Director of SEYP, Jennifer Ero, said the project focuses on creating employment opportunities, business startups and scaling up of existing businesses.
Ero, who was represented by Adams Omoba, explained that the project was implemented through a combination of training and coaching, using a modular capacity building approach.
“The project is meant to support the income and employment situation of young persons who are interested in creating their own business by providing trainings. SEYP will train interested persons in 2 modules: CREATE and START,” Ero said.
For the CEEATE Module, she said participants will learn how to develop and present their own business plans, “while the START module will train participants on how to develop and present their own bankable business plans, have their business registered, as well as their own bankable business plans.”
Ero explained further, “This is as result of the completion of the trainers’ course. We’ll further train the trainees in various capacities.”
According to her, “The trainings are face to face and on-line. Criteria for registration is as follows: Persons between the age of 18-35 with business plans or interest in starting up their own business or already in business, desire to learn and willingness to learn online, persons who are ready to implement Business Sea or business operations which just started.”
On her part, the Administrative Manager for Sabi Hub Nigeria, Sylvia Achei said her organization will also be implementing the Start and Create modules which are scheduled to run for six months.
She added, “Participants will be selected monthly to attend the Create and Start Modules. The training we just concluded is the training the trainer stage where partner organisations involved have been brought together to properly enlighten us on what is expected for the project, the deliverables, the outputs, the impacts and the categories of persons, everything from start to finish for the project to be successful.”
For Stella Obialo, Head Teacher Viisaus Technology, “this is GIZ Programme, it’s all about building capacity, building capabilities in the youths. We have returning migrants, unemployed youths, people living with disabilities, marginalized youths, displaced persons and minority groups. So what we have done is to partner with organisations to provide soft skill training to all these set of individuals.”