“36,000 Secondary School Students Across Six Geo-political Zones In Nigeria, Beneficiaries Of SEA- Hub”

Olabode Adaramola

Over 36,000 students in the  Nigerian  Secondary Schools which includes about 18 Federal Unity Colleges across the six geo- political zones of the country  have so far benefited from the Student Enterprenuership Activity,Sea- Hub Project  from a German Non Governmental Organization ( GIZ).

In addition to that, 11 States in parts of the country ,including  Niger,  Ogun, Plateau, Edo, Lagos, Yobe, Kaduna, Delta, Imo, Osun, and Oyo respectively have had the presence of Sea-Hub activities in their Secondary Schools and with 60 percent female beneficiaries ( students) .

Lead of the Project, Obafemi Oyediran, stated this during an interactive session with the newsmen on Tuesday,  in Jos Plateau State capital.

Oyediran stated further that  “the Student Activity Entrepreneurship SEA- Hub  is an Enterprenuership Activity introduced in some Secondary Schools in Nigeria, with the view  to introduce students to practically learn how to have successful businesses of their own”.

The Lead of the Project, Mr. Oyediran stated  that they have also covered no fewer than than about 66 local government areas,adding that they have about 44 Secondary Schools including the Federal Unity Colleges in the six geo-political zones of the country.

Speaking further, he said,  “the idea of the issue of implementation is to ensure that we catch these students young and teach them the foundermentals of how they can conceive their own unique approach to enterprenuership implementation in Nigeria because enterprenuership is the key and it is the real solution to the socio-economic growth and development”.

According to him, One of the challenges,  is on how to train the students  in  the SEA- Hub activities, hilighting  that another challenge  is making sure that an enterprenuership activity does not affect their education negatively.

Also in her remarks at the interactive session with some select Journalists in Jos,Plateau State capital last Tuesday,  the Plateau State Commissioner of Secondary School Education, Mrs. Elizabeth Wamuk described introduction of the  SEA- Hub by the German Non Governmental Organization (GIZ)  in the state as a welcome development.

The Commissioner however charged the students in the state to realize that there were no more white collar jobs in the country anymore, saying, “they must know what to do to be in business of their own and to be self- reliance “.

She said if they take SEA- Hub with all seriousness, sense of responsibility,  and commitment, in the future, they will be the businessmen and businesswomen that they want to be  not only in Plateau  State but in Nigeria as a whole  as the case may be.

During a Media  tour of Government Day Secondary School,Tudun Wada, in Jos North Local Government Area of the State and one of the Secondary Schools whose students were participating in the Students Enterprenuership Activities SEA- Hub, last Tuesday, some.of the students  expressed optimism that the Programme would make them job creators, instead of job seekers in the future.
National Wires investigation gathered that the Media tour was coordinated by the Deutsche Gesellschaft fu’r Internationale Zusammennarbeit ( GIZ) GmbH Nigeria in collaboration with the Plateau State Government.
It was further learnt that SEA- Hub is a pro-poor Growth and Promotion of Employment in Nigeria Programme ( SEDAN) implemented by GIZ, to introduce basic enterprenuership trainings for Secondary School students that have been reached in 342 schools across the participating states.
Further checks revealed that since the inception of SEA- Hub in Nigeria  over 30,000 school students have been reached in 342 schools across the participating states, while about 30,000 graduates now run their own personal businesses,translating to 1-2 jobs created.
One of such beneficiaries, according to official statements by the Organization is Joseph Okoli, who was said to have been trained when he was a student of Government Secondary School, Jos Township. Okoli who it was further learnt that he now runs a Printing and Graphic startsup called J- Creations in Jos.
In a brief interview, Okoli informed our reporter that SEA- Hup opened his eyes and mind to self- reliance.
According to him, my first attraction to the programme was the title we put in front of our names as members. It made me to feel important”,adding that SeA- Hub has also unlocked his passion for printing and graphic arts and how to convert his passion into proper business.
He noted that one of his achievements or success was the decision of his former School’s Principal, to have retained him as a Staff Adviser with the view to Mentor other Students.
In a related development, another former student of Government Secondary School,Tudun Wada, in Jos North Local Government Area, Reuben Gadu, said his business was on a verge of collapse as a result of poor business management skills,when he encountered SEA – Hub.
“In fact I was already a student enterprenuer, running my own bakery, though I was inexperienced about Book Keeping and other business management skills and it was  killing the business, ” said Reuben Gadu.
He however stated that after he learned  the Student Enterprenuership Activity( SEA-Hub) Training, that his financial literacy and business management skills,
Speaking further, Reuben Gadu, whose Benlice Bakery has returned to Winning ways/  profitmaking, noted that he had since  formed/ established  the SEA-Hub alumni in Plateau State in order  to capture more young people towards self-reliance, stressing that incumbent / new members of SEA-Hub at Gadu’s former school, led by Paul Watson and Leeway Leo, who were the ones that presented their entrepreneurship activities during a visit to the school last Tuesday in Government Secondary School,Tudun Wada,Jos,Plateau State Capital..
On display by the students Enterprenuers: Paul Watson( Male)  and Leeway Leo( Female )  were biogas energy which was generated from cow and pig dung, vertical sac farming technology,  and furniture made of recycled plastic wastes.
The students enterprenuers however appealed to the people to assist them with their supports in whatever ways they could afford to do so in order to overcome some of their challenges.

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National.Wires further learnt that the two Senior Secondary School students, Watson and Leo were both  preparing very well  for the forthcoming SEA-Hub national entrepreneurship competition and exhibition billed to take place at Abuja on Monday, 24th October, 2022 .( on Monday/ tomorrow)

Furthermore, Miss Joy Amos,  is an undergraduate degree student of the   University  of Jos, Plateau State. For  her, SEA-Hub was a lifesaver through which she has been able to train no fewer than over 10 young people in the state.  And so far, she disclosed that has  funded her university education.

The 21-year-old 200-level  female.student of Plant Science and Biotechnology department at the University of Jos told journalists in a brief encounter that   SEA-Hub has taught her persistence and determination.

According to her, “I joined SEA-Hub in 2018. When I left Secondary School in 2019, I started my Hair Dressing salon  shop and it has helped me both financially and through the just concluded industrial action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU’) which started on February 14, 2022″ she stated

Photo Captions:

A group Photograph by the Students of Govt. Secondary School,Tudun Wada,Jos,Plateau State and the Guests during a Media tour of some of the schools

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A Female Official of GIZ, listening and watching the students attentively during their presentation of Student Enterprenuership Activity at the School premises last Tuesday in Jos

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Reuben Gadu a former student Enterprenuership Activity trainee and now an Operator of a Bakery business in Jos

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Photo of Mis Joy Amos while Fielding questions from Journalists at her Beauty shop( Hair Dressing Salon) in Jos last Tuesday

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A Group Photograph of the Students of Government Secondary School,Tudun Wada,Jos in Jos North LGA of Plateau State inside the Assembly Hall last Tuesday When Two of Their Colleagues Made Presentations About Students Enterprenuers Activities before their guests

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