About 247 persons, comprising of youths and women from the Akwa Ibom North East senatorial district, have successfully completed a five-day entrepreneurial development training programme on Wednesday in Uyo.
The training programme which was facilitated by the senator representing the catchment area, Senator Bassey Akpan, drew participants from the nine local government areas that make up Akwa Ibom North East Senatorial District.
The council areas are: Uyo, Itu, Ibiono Ibom, Nsit Ibom, Nsit Ubiom, Nsit Atai, Uruan, Etinan and Ibesikpo Asutan.
The training programme which was organised in conjunction with the small and medium enterprises development agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) had two firms, namely, Couldron Nigeria Limited and Karama Industrial ventures Limited as the lead consultants.
According to the consultants, the aim of the training is part of strategic empowerment programme designed to boost the entrepreneurial skills of women and youth of the geo-political area.
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, 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 council, commended 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.