Akwa Ibom State Governor, Pastor Umo Eno, has announced the donation of 250 million naira to the Ibom leadership and Entrepreneurial Development Center-Ibom LED, for the training and mobilisation of about 400 entrepreneurs in the state.

Speaking during the formal flag off of the Made in Akwa Ibom Trade Fair at Ibom-Led Headquarters, Former Ibom E-Library), IBB Avenue, Uyo, as part of activities to commemorate the 36th anniversary of the state’s creation, the Governor said he was impressed by the dexterity of the people in various trade and urged the entrepreneurs to take advantage of the trade fare to proudly exhibit their innovations and creativity.

Governor Eno explained that 50 million naira will be taken by the business school as fees paid by the state government for the registration and training of the entrepreneurial students, while 500,000 naira each will be disbursed as take off grant to the students upon their completion of the training in various fields to enable them set up their businesses.

The Governor who reiterated his commitment to ensuring the growth of small and medium scale enterprises in the state spoke of the preparedness of his administration to provide enabling environment for businesses to thrive, noting that it was in fulfillment of his campaign promise to create and support entrepreneurs to succeed.

He said , “While budgeting for the anniversary, I had cut down two hundred and fifty million. I am now donating the two hundred and fifty million to the Ibom LED. And this is how it will be shared.
From the money that I saved from that budget, I am donating it to you for everyone that has registered so far. Put it at four hundred people.

“To each and everyone of them you will share, fifty million is for the school so that it can serve as their training fees. So let it be that I have paid for that. As you graduate them, if the job is for those who did not have NAFDAC Number, make sure you help them have it.

“Look at their products and let those products look good. Train them and then help them look for market too. As you finish training them, each of them shall have five hundred thousand naira.

He emphasised that his determination to encourage them was borne out of his desire to create employment in diverse ways for the people, knowing that aside government jobs or political appointments, the people can be gainfully employed through their skills.

The Governor explained that his decision to convert the Ibom E-Library to accommodate the Entrepreneurial And Leadership School was due to the fact that the facility was abandoned, stressing that it was better to have a Business School in the State than pay huge sums to train Akwa Ibom people elsewhere.

He however noted that a section of the facility will still be maintained to serve the purpose for which the e-library was established by former Governor Godswill Akpabio.

“I am here to draw the attention of the Akwa Ibom people to this facility. This facility was built by one of our illustrious sons who was the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Obot Akpabio.

“We can combine. This facility stands side by side by any international business school in the world, and so we decided to put this facility together. Let me thank our brother, Pastor ImoAbasi Jacob. Let me thank the DG of the Ibom LED, Mrs. Ekaette Umo, let me also thank the Senior Special Assistant on Entrepreneurial Development, Mr. Ime Uwah for transforming this place and putting our vision together.

“That we transform and restructure this place which was a former E- library and attach it to something else which our children who desire to learn trade can come here, register and learn. We would not be able to pay transport for our children to go to business school in Lagos and abroad, but we can pay school fees for our children to come to Akwa Ibom business School”, he stated .

Governor Eno therefore expressed his appreciation to the Ministry of Trade and Investment and the Ibom-LED crew led by the Director General, Mrs Ekaette Umoh and his Senior Special Assistant on Entrepreneurial Development, Mr Ime Uwah, for organising the exhibition within a short notice and for the accurate interpretation of his vision of the Entrepreneurial Center, stressing that he was impressed with their efforts and achievements.

Earlier, the State Commissioner for Economic Development, Emem Bob, commended the Governor for keeping to his promise of ensuring the growth of businesses in the State and for rekindling the trade fair initiative.

Bob, who stated that the compilation of Data base of all the SMEs in the state as directed by the Governor will be extended to allow for the registration of more businesses therefore urged the people to key into the entrepreneurial programmes of the government to enable them benefit from it.

On his part, Team Leader of the Ibom LED crew and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Centre, Pastor Imo Abasi Jacob, said the Governor’s action is a clear demonstration of his understanding that entrepreneurship is the bedrock of economic development.

He pledged to ensure that the vision of the governor in the training and setting up of the people is adequately realized.

4 Replies to “A’Ibom At 36: Gov Eno Donates N250m to Ibom-LED, As Made-In-Akwa Ibom Trade Fair Commences”

  1. CEO, John Ker Company Ltd 7 months ago

    Surely, this is the beginning of the good things that we have been praying for in Akwa Ibom State.
    I sincerely commend our dear Governor for his proactive step in supporting the entrepreneurs in training and also expanding their production capacities. It has never happened before in this our blessed and God owned State.

    The expected fruits of this singular events will be observed within the next two years, no matter the economic environment in Nigeria. This is as a result of the value he places on production in the economic development of oursociety which is loaded with a wide range of natural and agricultural resources.

    My prayer is that the Almighty God will continue to grant him the wisdom and grace needed to take our State to the next level. Other aspects of governance will fall in their right places in the course of time, until we have a successful landing in Jesus name.

    MORE GRACE AND FAVOUR TO YOUR ELBOW, OUR AMIABLE GOVERNOR, Pastor Eno Umo!

    UKARA UDÒT!! Òdiò òdiòñ Abasi akaka iso udiòñ fieñ!!!

    Prof. Nkereuwem Michael John
    Department of Soil Science
    Faculty of Agriculture
    University of Calabar, Calabar
    Cross River State, Nigeria.

  2. Iboro Ekanem 7 months ago

    I am grateful to God, for a dream come true for our beloved of God, Gov Eno my sincere wishes is that
    you continues winning, taking over and keep doing good anyway you Go,i am proud to call and have you as my governor benefiting or not in your governance,itong uwem ossong fi shepherd of the Lord house.

  3. Christian Sunday Michael 6 months ago

    Thank You the My Capacity Governor,
    I am Christian Michael from Etim Ekpo L.G.A Uruk Clan
    This information of Ibom LED is not spread to our locality
    I think the “Rich have taken over this advantage from our poor masses here,
    Please come and include us in your scheme.
    Thank You
    God Bless You Sir.

  4. Powered Titus 6 months ago

    The Umo Eno Administration has been positively so wonderful, the Governor has started well and shall finish strong. I hope the governor could also explore the possibility of raising 5000 millionaires, as in 2 per village, with long term loan with insurable risk for at least 20 years. Out of those 5000, about 500 could grow into billionaires in the foreseeable years and provide the private sector stabilization capacity Akwa Ibom would need and lean on in the post oil era.
    Again, governor Umo Eno is doing well and should be supported by all.
    Powered Titus

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