By Elijah Ugani and Efa Sunday
The Senior Special Assistant to Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State on Entrepreneurship and Job Placement Mr. Joseph Edet has revealed that “about 95% of entrepreneurs in the State are Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMSE).”
The newly appointed SSA made the disclosure in a media parley with members of Association Cross River Online Journalists, ACROJ.
Soliciting for support he said that the industrial revolution of Governor Ayade is not just projects for today, they are long term projects, that when completed, will put Cross River State in the global perspective assuring that “I can assure we will get it right with entrepreneurship, we have to be patient with the Governor.”
According to him, “I have to come to identify with you because I have realized that you guys are everywhere, you will report our events, before you know it, your information has gone round the entire State, we have to partner, it is high time we collaborate and grow our economy.”
Speaking further, Edet noted that ” Governor has just launched the Cross River State Micro Finance Bank and announced a seed fund of five hundred million naira for those who with business ideas and plans and we will do everything within our strength to ensure that this fund is released to build the confidence in our Youth, we will engage 20 persons per local government and we will get cooperate organizations like CUSO and EDC to train and mentor the youths to ensure sustainability.
“The world has evolved globally and we want Cross River State to become the hub of Africa, lots of the youths who are unemployed and are rooming the street hustling, why don’t our youth change the dynamics, how best can we connect our Youth to get Jobs, be it government, or private NGOs.
“We will reopen the Job Centre by December, where youth can submit their Curriculum Vitea, and we will constantly monitor the job openings, when there are openings, we will contact those who are interested as well as connect even the unskilled. We are in talks with the Armed Forces, there are usually slots as we have come on board, we hope to utilize the opportunity.” He ended.
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