Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has restated his administration’s resolve to create veritable platforms that will aid in the growth of Small and Medium Enterprises SMES in the state.
Governor. Ikpeazu who stated this at the Michael Okpara Auditorium, Umuahia, shortly after declaring open a two day program for POS Business Empowerment and Loan Support for Abia Youths and Women, reassured of his commitment to make the state centre for Small and Medium Scale Business Enterprises in the country.
The Governor represented by the Commissioner for Documentation and Strategic Communications, Mr. Ugochukwu Emezue disclosed that the program is powered by the office of the Special Adviser on Humanitarian Affairs, NGO Matters and Special Development in partnership with the State Ministry of Small and Medium Enterprises and New Businesses Development.
He noted that the programme is part of his administration’s drive towards the promotion of SMEs, creation of employment and business opportunities for unemployed Abia youths.
The Governor while commending Dr. Francis Origa and the Ministry for SMEs for organizing the program, charged the participants to take the training seriously as well as utilize the opportunity effectively to enable them become self-reliant.
In his speech, the Commissioner for Small, Medium Enterprises and New Businesses Development, Mrs. Adaku Uwaoma Oseiza represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr. Nkwachukwu Agomoh, the Commissioner for Trading and Establishment, Chief Chidiebere Kalu, commended Governor Ikpeazu for his policy guidelines and approval of the empowerment Program, and enjoined the participants to leverage on the opportunities available in the SME Ministry.
In his address, the organizer and Special Adviser to the Governor on Humanitarian Affairs, NGO Matters and Social Development, Dr. Francis Origa said the program which is supported by the Capricon Digital and the Institute for Humanitarian Studies and Social Development is geared towards making unemployed youths become economically viable.
In their goodwill messages, the Chief Executive Officer, Abia Diaspora Commission, Dr. Ngozi Erondu, representative of the Body of Special Advisers to the Governor, Princess Glad Apugo Osoagbaka, representative of the Institute for Humanitarian Studies and Social Development, Pastor Anya Okoro, Coordinator of Don Lulu Foundation, Mrs. Ugo Imelda challenged the participants to see the empowerment as a turning point in their lives and one that requires commitment and dedication.
Our Correspondent, Ugochukwu Ahuchogu reports that the program featured the training of participants on the use of the Baxi POS, question and answer sessions and presentation of the POS machines to the beneficiaries.