The Entrepreneurship Centre of the Federal University, Birnin Kebbi, FUBK, has trained 103 entrepreneurs on how to access the Agri-Business/Small and Medium Enterprises Investment Scheme, AGMEIS, loan facility of the Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending, NIRSAL Bank.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that the AGMEIS is an initiative to support policies and measures of the Federal Government for the promotion of agricultural businesses and small/medium enterprises, SMEs, as vehicles for sustainable economic development and employment generation in the country.
A statement signed by the FUBK Public Relations Officer, Jamilu Magaji, on Wednesday, said the one-week training program cut across different business categories.
The statement quoted the Centre Director, Dr. Isah Garba, while addressing the participants as stressing the importance of entrepreneurship skills, especially in this challenging period of COVID-19 pandemic.
the statement said: “Following a recommendation by the NIRSAL Kebbi State Team Lead, Gloria Chonoko, who inspected its facilities in February, 2020, the Centre received over two hundred applications for the training within a week.
“The one-week training for the first batch started on the 1st of September, 2020 and rounded up on September 8, 2020.
“A total of 103 participants attended the training.
“The second batch which is expected to cover about fifty participants is starting on Thursday, September 24, 2020 and will last for a week also.”
The statement further disclosed that on February 27, the NIRSAL had certified the FUBK Entrepreneurship Centre, an Entrepreneurship Development Institute, EDI, adding that the centre had become a training hub for the host community, especially existing and aspiring entrepreneurs.