Ogun State says the partnership will create 3.5 million direct jobs between 2013 and 2015.
The Ogun State Government is partnering with the National Enterprise Development Programme, NEDEP, to drive inclusive economic growth through skill training and development; job creation and wealth generation.
The State Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Bimbo Ashiru, made this disclosure in Abeokuta, the state capital, at a three-day awareness creation and capacity building workshop on Access to Renewable Energy, ATRE, project organised by the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs in collaboration with the Bank of Industry and the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP.
He said 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.
Mr. Ashiru said that this is in addition to a total of 3000 direct and over 30,000 jobs already created in the state through the Micro Small-scaled Enterprises, MSMEs, scheme, a programme of the Ogun state government and the Bank of Industry, BOI.
“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.
Mr. Ashiru noted that the BOI/UNDP Access to Renewable Energy, AtRE, project which is underway in would ensure universal access to modern energy services which is key to developing MSMEs.