The center for Information Technology and Development CITAD says it has trained about one thousand peopleÂ on how to secure Tony Elumelu grant for them to developed their businessÂ ideas.
The Program Coordinator of Job Placement and Information Service JOPIS Malam Sagiru Ado Abubakar made the disclosure while briefing journalist after lunching this 2021 JOPIS Tony Elumelu foundation Entrepreneurship programme training workshop held in Kano.
Sagiru Abubakar said the program JOPIS which is a unit under CITAD is aimed at sensitizing people in Kano on how they can apply and benefit from Tony Elumelu Foundation grant, a yearly grant given to the people who have business ideas and want to develop it for them to be self reliant.
He said the sensitization program were designed to englighten peopleÂ especially young people how to accessÂ these grant which play vital role in entrepreneurship development in West Africa.
â€œSome people especially in northern Nigeria donâ€™t have awareness on such grant and some are aware of it but they are not prepared or donâ€™t have a skill needed to apply and win it that is why we embarked on this sensitization programâ€ he said.
â€œCITAD designed a link and share it for interesting and willing applicants to login so they will be practically teachÂ on tips that will help the access and win the grantâ€ he added.
Sagiru Ado Abubakar further said the program targeted young people from Sahel region especially Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad.
He said in Nigeria, the session targeted young people from Kano, Jigawa, Katsina, Baunchi, Gombe and to some texted Yobe, adding that unlike is some state were one training ground were fixed, Bauchi also almost four center namely Bauchi city, Jamaare, Azare and Itas local government.
The coordinator enjoyed youth to fully participate and ensure that they make good use of what they have learned so as to be one of the beneficiaries.