By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
No fewer than 247 women and youth of Akwa Ibom North East Senatorial District, Akwa Ibom State have been trained and empowered with starter packs to engage in small business enterprise to earn a living.
The five-day entrepreneurial development training programme which ended in Uyo on Wednesday, was facilitated by the Senator representing the district, Senator Bassey Akpan had participants drawn from the nine local government areas of the district.
It was organised in conjunction with the Small and medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) with two firms, namely, Couldron Nigeria Limited and Karama Industrial ventures Limited as the lead consultants.
The training according to the organisers was part of strategic empowerment programme sought to boost the entrepreneurial development skills of women and youth of Akwa Ibom North East senatorial district.
The participants were taken through some courses in basic finance sources, customer relations and principles of book-keeping.
In a lecture delivered by one of the lead consultants, Mr Etuk Jacob, participants were drilled on business survival skills, director’s remuneration, profit maximisation , setting and achieving of business goals.
Earlier in his remarks, Senator Bassey Akpan urged the beneficiaries to put to use the knowledge acquired from the programme.
He stressed that the training initiative was an opportunity for the participants to sharpen their entrepreneurship skills, which he noted was needed for the 21st century business environment.
Akpan, who chairs the Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources upstream was represented by Dr Unyime Okon, also charged them to make judicious use of the financial assistance that was given them.
One of the beneficiaries, Ekong Okon from Ibesikpo Asutan local government area lauded the facilitator for the opportunity offered them to gain knowledge, and assured that they would make optimum use of the training initiative.
The participants received the sum of N20,000 each and starter packs of hair dressing and beauty grooming.