Hon Sunny Marshal Katung (SMK) Launches 5days Skill Acquisition/Small Scale business Development programme

The Hon Member Representing Zongon Kataf /Jaba Local Government constituency of Kaduna State at the  National Assembly, Hon Sunday Marshal Katung (SMK) on Monday 19th June 2017 at the Bajju Town Hall Zonkwa    in Zangon Kataf Local Government Launched an Entrepreneurship and Skills Acquisition programme for some selected members of his Constituency primarily women and youth in collaboration With Small and  Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN).

While declaring the programme opened, the chairman of the occasion,Dr John Marcus Ayuba a renowned Banker cum politician, who is a former Commissioner of finance in Kaduna state in his speech stated that this is the beginning of a new dawn in deviance to the obtainable norm where most politicians distribute items such as motorbikes, bicycle and  other items which are later either sold of by the beneficiaries or do not  get to be utilised as expected. Dr Ayuba also reiterated the fact that their is no other time for this great innovation than now especially  because of the  rate of  unemployment which has gone sky high and  increasing by the day and the resultant effect  which is the high rate of crime and criminality also on the increase .This deviant behaviours according to him has always been linked to idleness and unemployment ,hence this programme is in no little way going to curb this criminality  among other things. He commended the Hon Member for being focused and purposeful and pledge to also support such initiatives by the member at any given time.

 

Mr John Luka who led the SMEDAN  team also  gave a brief summary of what the programme entails. He maintained that  primarily the  programme  is set to train unemployed women and Youth  to be self reliant ,self employed as well as employers of Labour at the Long run. It’s also scheduled to run for five days focusing on Small case business Development/Entrepreneurship and Skill Acquisition in some key areas such as  Soap making (Bar/Liquid), Detol, Izal, Bleach Making, Room freshener, Body cream , insecticide to mention but a few.

It is also meant to run for 5days from 19th-23rd June 2017 at the end of which participant will be issued certificate of attendance  ,SMEDAN  will also Help interested beneficiaries access to any source of funding  ,information and synergy between them and there targeted market ,while also linking to any source of raw material as the case may be.

The Senior Legislative aid to the Hon Member Mr Francis Sani Zimbo while talking to Journalist asserted that  over 170 beneficiaries are participating in the programme  selected randomly from various units of the constituency  and that all  participant are entitled to free lunch daily ,while those coming from afar will be transported to and fro there various location to the venue also on a daily basis. He said the programme was well thought of and his principal is committed to it fully.

Hon Katung who was unavoidably absent at the first day of the event was reached on phone  by the reporter  where he claimed that he had to attend to other matters of National importance as assigned to him by the Speaker of the house  of representative ,all the same he said the chairman of the occasion who also represented him is a seasoned and experienced administrator  as such,  his absence is not an issue ,but he promised to attend other sessions especially the closing day of the event.
Hon SMK  is committed to eradicating Poverty , idleness and creating Jobs in his constituency .He also advised youths especially young graduates not to loose sleep or be over reliant on white collar jobs but instead think of how to be self reliant and that was Why he tagged the theme of the programme  ‘Think big ….start Small…’. He also said he drew inspiration from the Holy Bible- Zecharia 4.10 “Do not despise the days of little Beginning”, and sees greatness emanating from the programme.

Some of the participant who were interviewed  praised the Hon Member for this great initiative and are very optimistic of being more knowledgeable and productive to self and society after the programme.

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