AKBC 5 day capacity workshop has ended in Uyo, with a promise by the Director General, Pastor Anietie Ukpe to continue to be alive to its responsibilities.
The workshop which had as its theme, “Be a Better You” was held at Tranquility Hotel and Suites, Aka Nung Udoe, Uyo.
The workshop featured lectures on Health, Capacity Building, Nutrition, Security Environment and Agriculture.
Pastor Ukpeh stressed that, apart from informing, educating and entertaining the people, AKBC would continue to engage in other corporate social responsibilities, aimed at improving the lives of the people, including enlightenment workshops.
Represented by the Director of Marketing, Mr. Uwem Obot, Pastor Ukpeh commended the chairman of the workshop planning committee, Mrs Mandu Ekwere and her team for working tirelessly to interpret management’s decision in organinsing the workshop, and announced management decision to make the workshop an annual event.
In a lecture on “Capacity Building” the Small and Medium Scale Enterprise: the Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Small and Medium Enterprise, Mrs Janet Amba stressed that the present administration has created a business friendly environment to encourage more people to venture into business for self-reliance.
Mrs Amba said the importance of Small and Medium Enterprise to the development of the country cannot be over emphasized, noting that with the seven point four million people registered, enterprises contributes 49 percent to the National G.D.P, while about 50 percent of the industrial jobs in the country comes from small and medium scale enterprises.
The governor’s aide charged the participants to look around their environment and create a profitable idea that would translate into a business venture to help stimulate the state’s economy.
In another lecture, titled, “capacity Building” a panacea for development of SME, the Head of Credit and Risk Management, ZAWADI Microfinance Bank, Uyo, Mr. Kufre Ekpo said that research indicates that 80percent of newly established SME do not last up to six months and listed the causes of such to include; lack of training and preparation, lack of financial understanding, proper feasibility study and proper records keeping.
Mr Ekpo, however listed; proper marketing and branding, integrity, proper financial management, proper use of social media, as well as understating the economy as some tips to succeed in business.
On his part; the State Chairman of the Nigeria Association of Small Scale industrialists, NASSI, Prince Etokeyen Samuel, advocated the need for government at all levels to evolve policies that would encourage and support entrepreneurs.