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The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) in collaboration with the Zamfara State Government will host Youths, Women and those with Disabilities to a Talent Hunt Programme in Fashion, Arts and Craft skills.

The initiative is geared toward discovering hidden talents in young people to identify and showcase innovative ideas in Fashion, Arts & Craft.

A statement from the Corporate Affairs Section of the Agency quoted the Director General of SMEDAN, Dr. Dikko Umaru Radda, as saying that the Agency will be collaborating with the Zamfara State Zakat and Endowment Board to organize this year’s talent hunt competition. The event, he said is expected to generate employment through wealth creation and self-reliance, thereby reducing poverty among young people in Nigeria.

“It is a complete handholding project from identification, selection, to start-up with enterprise support opportunity and linkage to innovation hubs, facilitating necessary linkages and visibility.”

The Talent Hunt Programme for young Nigerians in Fashion, Arts & Craft is designed as a veritable platform to identify and showcase innovative talents that will create social and economic impact. This will bring about employment generation and poverty reduction.

In the SMEDAN Talent Hunt, brilliant and innovative ideas in Fashion, Arts and Craft will be shortlisted by seasoned panel of judges during the Pitching/Demonstration event in Gusau, Zamfara state. The 150 participants will be reduced to 90 through a combination of judges’ decision.

The selected 90 participants will be treated to Business Development Services (BDS) support and visibility.

The programme is scheduled to hold in two locations namely UBEC Head Quarters in Gusau, Zamfara state in North-West Geo-political zone, between the 26th – 30th October, 2020 and a yet to named state from the south east geopolitical zone.

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