The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) has revealed that 66,092 people in Katsina State have benefited from various SMEDAN schemes under its former boss, Dr. Dikko Umar Radda.
“Aside the 31,726 beneficiaries who underwent sensitization for capacity building and skills acquisition in the state, 5,224 others were trained and empowered through the Youth, Women, and General Entrepreneurship Development Programmes (YDEP, WDEP, GDEP) within the period under review,” stated the Katsina SMEDAN Manager Yusuf Abdullahi while presenting the breakdown of the number of beneficiaries in Katsina under its various schemes between 2016 and 2022. The symposium was held at Kats
According to Yusuf, this is a significant advancement over the past, when the state could only claim 150 beneficiaries annually and occasionally none from the schemes.
Yusuf noted that Katsina has 7,770 beneficiaries under the MSME Survival Fund Scheme, while the Conditional Grant Scheme (CGS) has 3,090 beneficiaries who each received N50,000 to boost their businesses.