by crossriverwatch admin
One hundred and twenty young men and women from the Central Senatorial District of Cross River State are undergoing six-week entrepreneurial and business skill training at the Central Bank Entrepreneurial Development Center in Calabar.
The trainees drawn from the six local government areas of the Central Senatorial District comprising Etung, Ikom, Boki, Obubra , Yakkur and Abi are undergoing the training under the sponsorship of Nigeria’s Senate Leader, Senator Victor Ndoma Egba who represents the Senatorial District.
The prospective entrepreneurs started the training on Monday, the 5th of May and would be taken through the processes on how to start and manage a business, how to grow a business, how to identify and take advantage of a business opportunity among other skills.
The Special Assistant to Senator Ndoma Egba, Lawrence, who conducted CrossRiverWatch reporter round the three classes occupied by the trainees said Senator Ndoma Egba will provide the trainees with startup capital to open businesses of their choice in the Central Senatorial District of the state. “We have one hundred and twenty of them here and each is specializing in the business of his choice and it is expected that after this, the litany of complaints of lack of jobs will be significantly addressed”.
He said the concept is to empower people who will in turn employ others in their businesses which will go a long way in addressing the unemployment situation in the Senatorial District.
“Senator has facilitated the employment of hundreds of people from the district in various federal agencies and ministries but this is a direct source of employment for the people and the training is to ensure that they do not mismanage the funds they will be given as was the case in the past when the Senator had given people money to start businesses”.
One of the trainees, Tom Ekpe from Obubra who says he wants to operate a fish farm said he had in the past been craving to start the business but lack of funds have continually stalled the idea. “The big plans I have is to start a fish farm but the whole thing has not been able to see the light of day because of funds but with the promise by Senator to assist me with some money to start, I will become a success in less than no time.”
Their feeding and transportation is being facilitated by Senator Ndoma Egba to enable the trainees concentrate on the intensive lectures which hold between 8am to 5pm daily Monday through Friday.
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