By O’star Eze
The Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Anambra State Small Business Agency, ASBA, High Chief Clem Chukwuka has said that his agency has been commissioned by Anambra state governor, Chief Willie Obiano, to eradicate poverty from the state.
Speaking to over 200 participants on the last day of the four day business incubation programme held recently at the IDK Learning Centre, Awka, Chukwuka enjoined the entrepreneur trainees to ensure that they made themselves marketable by polishing their know-how.
The ASBA CEO advised the entrepreneurs to perfect their skills in writing business plans, disclosing that with a convincing business plan, one does not need money to start a business.
Chukwuka decried the level of unpreparedness and insincerity people exhibit when they come to ask for loan. He encouraged entrepreneurs to ensure they maintained high level of integrity and discipline.
“The state governor is chasing poverty away from Anambra state. And he is doing that through programmes like this, where young people are taught to be self reliant and self made as entrepreneurs.
“A graduate is paid 35,000 as a level 8 employee. Divide that amount with 30 days of the month and see how much he has to maintain daily. You need to be an entrepreneur, work hard and make cool money,” he said.
Earlier in his valedictory speech, the outgoing Commissioner For Youth Entrepreneurship and Creative Economy, Mr. Bonaventure Enemali, charged the pioneer entrepreneur graduates to ensure they go back and work on their mindset to start producing and adding value to the society.
The incoming Commissioner For Youth Entrepreneurship and Creative Economy, Chief Afam Mbanefo, charged the participants to be resourceful, while promising them that the state government would provide lands and crops as well as loan facilities for those of them that prove they are ready to do business.
On his part, Prof. Ellis Idemobi, a Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Igbariam, who is also the Chief Facilitator/Trainer, stated that there is immense merit in pushing job growth of this nation through entrepreneurship development and self employment. According to him, the jobs are in the private sector, especially manufacturing and agriculture, and lauded the efforts of the state government on steadily improving the business environment and galvanising young entrepreneurs towards self reliance, wealth creation and poverty reduction. Prof. Idemobi charged the youths to stay focused and leverage on their natural talents and potentials to achieve great success. He further reminded the participants that anyone who does not work hard would not succeed in life, even if they spent all their time in the mountains shouting “I receive it.”
One of the participants, Joy Ibeme, told Orient Daily that she was overwhelmed by the new perspective she got from the programme. She said she was going back to her kwuli kwuli making business with a new zeal and inspiration to make a difference in her business.