The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) and the Zamfara State Government will host youths, women and persons with disabilities on a talent hunt in fashion, arts and craft skills.
In a statement from SMEDAN, the Director General, Dr. Dikko Umaru Radda, said the initiative is for discovering hidden talents in young people so they can showcase innovative ideas in fashion, arts and craft.
Radda said SMEDAN would be collaborating with the Zamfara State Zakat and Endowment Board to organize this year's talent hunt competition. He said the event 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."
For the SMEDAN's Talent Hunt programme, brilliant and innovative ideas will be shortlisted by a seasoned panel of judges during the pitching/demonstration event which will be held in Gusau, Zamfara state.
The expected 150 participants will be reduced to 90 through a combination of judges' decisions. The selected 90 participants will be treated to Business Development Services (BDS) support and visibility.
The programme is not only for Zamfara as another state from the South-East will benefit from this. While that of Zamfara will hold at the UBEC headquarters in Gusau for the North-West geopolitical zone from October 26 to 30, no state has been named by SMEDAN yet for the South-East zone.