By Dipo Olowookere No fewer than 1,300 entrepreneurs in Lagos State have undergone different training exercises organised by the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) for the month of May. The exercises, according to the LSETF, help to instil the requisite skills in the business owners to enable them function effectively in their chosen industry. The agency said it organised the trainings as part of its mandate to provide business development support to its beneficiaries. Other parts of its mandate include providing support to at least 100,000 MSMEs; create at least 300,000 direct and up to 600,000 indirect jobs by 2019. Furthermore, it was mandated to provide training and job placements for the unemployed; mentorship for business owners and improvement of the policy environment to ensure a conducive operational environment for small businesses in the state. Speaking on the workshops, the LSETF\u2019s Executive Secretary, Mr Akin Oyebode, noted that, \u201cbusiness development support is a crucial part of what we do. It is not enough to just give individuals funds and have them pay back, but also to instil in them the requisite skills to enable them function effectively in their chosen business. \u201cThe better they are as entrepreneurs, the greater the chances that their businesses will succeed to create sustainable and employment opportunities that Lagos State needs. We are grateful to our partners for their efforts in joining us on this journey to move the State to the business hub of the future.\u201d These workshops were organized in partnership with Braintrack Consulting, Leapworld and Restral.