Stakeholders task trainees on local, modern technology


Stakeholders in the Industrial Trust Fund (ITF), have tasked trainees across Epe and Lekki areas of Lagos, to embrace modern technology in enhancing their service and productivity.

They made the call at a two-day entrepreneurship training with the theme, “Think Big, Start Small and Start Now,” in Lagos.

The training was held in conjunction with the Small and Medium Enterprise Development Agency (SMEDAN), in line with ITF mandate and contribution to Federal Government’s policy of job, wealth creation, and poverty reduction.

It was aimed at equipping as many youths with skills for employability and entrepreneurship.

The 45 trainees were from Folio Tech institute Ajah, and Government Technical School, Epe, who had completed the three-month training in different vocations.

Among the areas of training were aluminum fabrication, Plaster of Paris (POP), tilling and catering.

The training modules included identifying business opportunities, marketing technology, business registration, legal matters, business plan and different ways of accessing finances for small and medium businesses, as well as proper book and record keeping.

A SMEDAN facilitator, Mrs. Gloria Wakama, said: “The small businesses are the bedrock of national economy,” and urged trainees to look out, as business opportunities are everywhere.

She counseled the people to look inward or around from estates, campuses, offices, and communities to identify and accept relevant on-line businesses.

Wakama also advised the trainees to develop some budding entrepreneur personality traits and strengths, such as facts and data analysis, high standard, diplomatic, competitiveness, result-orientated, challenges, problem solving and aggressiveness to enhance their businesses.

She further tasked them on other traits, as patience, sincerity, predictability, sincerity, sociability, magnetism, and persuasion, trust worthiness and optimism to boost their businesses.

Another SMEDAN facilitator, Mr. Shode Olukayode Olugbenga, said: “The world is a dynamic global village that is essentially by information and communication technology-based innovative solutions.”

He channeled the trainees to key into different on-line business platforms to showcase the products and services and be abreast with latest innovations in the fields of human endeavours.

He also encouraged them in areas where there could have good book keeping records, business plans and how they can access finances locally and internationally to enhance business productivity.

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