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Ogun partners NEDEP to create 5,000 jobs

By on March 30, 2013

The Ogun State Government is partnering with the National Enterprise Development Programme to drive inclusive economic growth through skills training and development, job creation and wealth generation.

The state Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru, said this in Abeokuta at a three-day awareness creation and capacity building workshop on Access to Renewable Energy project organised by the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs in collaboration with the Bank of Industry and the United Nations Development Programme.

According to him, the NEDEP programme would create 3.5 million direct jobs and an estimated five million indirect jobs between 2013 and 2015, adding that it would also focus on skills acquisition, entrepreneurship training, business and access to finance.

Ashiru pointed out that this was in addition to a total of 3000 direct and over 30,000 jobs already created in the state through the Micro Small-scaled Enterprises scheme, a programme of the Ogun state government and the Bank of Industry.

“As I speak, a total of 460 individuals from 46 cooperatives have benefited from this scheme. I can also confirm that we have 37 cooperative societies being processed, and this will culminate in the creation of thousands of new jobs,” he said.