The Central Bank of Nigeria has said it will not renege on its commitment to revive the nation’s economy by empowering the youths through its Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Fund initiative.
The Branch Comptroller, CBN, Osun State, Mrs. Oluyemisi Adebayo, who represented the bank at the graduation ceremony of 135 persons who took part in entrepreneurship development training in Osogbo, said the apex bank was leveraging research that had shown that economies would thrive on the MSMEs.
The training was organised by the CBN Entrepreneurship Development Centre, South-West, and the Africa Leadership Forum, with the Deputy Governor of Osun State, Grace Laoye-Tomori, among the guests at the event.
Adebayo stated that as part of economic recovery plan, the bank had also initiated Agric Credit Guarantee Scheme Fund and Financial Inclusion Programme, while also looking to partner the Osun State Government for the production of rice in commercial quantity to reduce the nation’s dependence on importation of the commodity.
Participants at the training were exposed to money management skills, enterprise development and idea generation, business and financial management, marketing and interpersonal relationship.
The Programme Director, CBN Entrepreneurship Development Centre South-West, Dr. Olumide Ajayi, said Osun was the first state in the South-West to sponsor individuals and create avenue for the training since its commencement in March 2015.