Governor Udom Emmanuel will flag off a tooth pick and pencil manufacturing company in Akwa Ibom towards the end of November 2016. This was revealed on Monday by the Coordinator of AKEES and Senior Special Assistant to the Akwa Ibom State Governor on Due Process and Technical Matters, Elder Ufot Ebong at a Press Conference to open a month long special accountability programme of AKEES, projected under a campaign tagged #AkeesSoFar.
“The container bringing the machinery has just arrived Tin Can Island” Ebong announced.
AKEES, Akwa Ibom Enterprise and Employment Scheme, is a brain child of the Governor, and was initiated soon after resuming office mid 2015. The programme has recorded resounding success in enabling the start-up and reinforcement of over 85 businesses in the State, with over 1500 gainfully employed, records revealed in a press release issued at the press conference.
Elder Ebong, while reeling out a rundown list of few of the businesses impacted by AKEES, picked out a particular enterprise started by young Akwa Ibom people under AKEES, that charges #3000 per year to polish shoes for individuals. Analyzing, that although the amount they charged was friendly, the group have the capacity to sign up over 100,000 beneficiaries of their service, and which would make them millionaires in an ingenious business initiative.
“My aim is that whenever there is a political rally in the state, Akwa Ibom youths will not be present. When I’m asked, I will say, they are too busy to come. They are at work. And that is what the Governor wants.”
Governor Udom is encouraging SMEs by initiating policies and programmes targeted at engendering the development of the non-oil sectors where SMEs are dominant players.
There will be an ICT training programme on the 31st of October 2016 at the Onyeama Ogechukwu Hall , UniUyo by 10am and a mini-trade fair to showcase businesses tagged AKEES BUSINESS FAIR