From its inception, the Udom Emmanuel Administration has invested heavily in youths development, inclusion and empowerment with the aim of not just gainfully employing the young persons, but also empowering them to be employers of labour.
These efforts, though largely underreported have alleviated the heavy unemployment burden of the state in some way.
Not to join issues with critiques, but for posterity sake, here, I have compiled 10 ways the Udom Emmanuel administration has positively changed the narrative in the area of youths’ inclusiveness.
1. Dakkada Philosophy Campaign:
Closing the gap of negative mindset towards possibilities and self development.
Identification of 15,877 Ambassadors to drive the mindset change agenda, moving people from fixed to progressive mindset resulting in the present increase in the push for self reliance amongst the youths in the State through entrepreneurship.
2. Dakkada Multipurpose Cooperative Societies: Aggregation of small-holder farmers/traders/fishermen in rural areas to take advantage of opportunity cost in production and market linkage. 37 Primary Cooperatives, with 925 Members
3. Dakkada Ambassadors Financial Support Scheme – Over N1.4b in direct cash support to 987 Youths across the State.
4. Business Loans – Facilitation of AKS/CBN N2b Zero Interest Loans to over 8,000 beneficiaries in its 1st, 2nd and 3rd tranches through the Akwa Ibom State micro-credit service, Ministry of Finance.
10 Persons × LGA = 310+
– 100Women/LGA = 3,100
– Akwa Ibom Entrepreneurs- 400+
– Mechanics Association- 400+
– Akwa Ibom Traders Network – 200+
– Petty Trader Network – 500+
– 40 cooperative members × 31 = 1240
– Dakkada Women – 50/LGA = 1550
– Tailors Association – 400+
– Traders – 500+
– Timber market – 800+
4th Tranche – Loading💪🏽
5. My Entrepreneurship Goals Programme(MEGP): Closing the entrepreneurial education gap – 574 persons have been trained so far.
6. IbomCommunity Farms (ICF): Closing the gap of food sufficiency and youth involvement in Agriculture – 15Hectares MEGP Model Farm, 140 farmers engaged., 360 indirect jobs created.
7. Project Based Assistance (PBA): Closing gap of initial business set-up challenges
Business Name Registration – 172 businesses, Product Certification – Nil, Consultancy Services – 68, Sundry Inventory Support – 32, Small Equipment Financing- 87, Specific Skills training – 6 in ICT+ 250 in oil & gas under the Ibom3000 project
8. Dakkada Networking Experience (DNE): Closing the gap of poor stakeholders engagement, business and leadership networking. 26 Editions , 1,040 attendees.
Sectors Engaged- Banking, CAC, NAFDAC, AKIRS, IRS, LG, SON, Trademark, SMEDAN, EXPORT PROMOTION COUNCIL, HEALTH INSURANCE etc
9. Dakkada Grants & Awards: Closing the gap of inadequate Start-Up Capital and poor encouragement of professionalism – Grants – 30, Cash Awards – 169
10. MSME Pitch Deck – Closing gap of apathy amongst our youths towards grants and investors pitching competition- 4 Sessions.
The MSME Community in Akwa Ibom State has indeed been rejuvenated, and true Entrepreneurs can testify that we’ve never had it this good in this state.
Even though a lot has been done already, so much more is in the offing. Let’s keep supporting the completion agenda, even as we remain open and receptive to government programmes and activities for indeed, it can only get better.
Source: Ime Uwah, SSA, Marketing and Brand Management, Office of the Governor.