No fewer than 30,000 secondary school students in Nigeria have been trained in entrepreneurship and technical training programmes by a German International Development Agency, GIZ through its Student Entrepreneurship Activity Hub (SEA-Hub).
The beneficiary students were drawn from 350 secondary schools spread across 11 states in Nigeria and Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The Head of Programme, GIZ SEDIN, Mr Markus Wauschkuhn, who disclosed this in a remark at the opening of the Ogun State SEA-Hub Exhibition and Competition 2022 held in Abeokuta, the state capital, listed the beneficiary states to include Ogun; Plateau; Edo; Lagos; Yobe; Kaduna; Delta; Imo; Osun; Oyo and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
According to him, 6,350 students in 95 schools in Ogun State, have benefitted from the programme, adding that, the training programme was designed to equip secondary school students with entrepreneurship and technical skills for economic sustainability.
Wauschkuhn disclosed that the training which started in 2016, has led to the creation of over 45 different innovative mini businesses and products by the beneficiaries.
He noted that the programme was aimed at reducing the unemployment in the country by equipping secondary school students with the right skills which will prepare them for a secure future.
“For young people, it is difficult to find full and productive employment and decent work.
“To harness and turn the growing youth unemployed population in the country into an asset, we need an urgent focus on economic activities that can thrive and yield demographic dividends for the nation.
“SEA-Hub was therefore borne out of the need to improve skills and prepare young people for a secure future. (Sun)