Info boss visits MEGP Batch III

…Commends the transparency and Due process in display at the DEDC

The Honourable Commissioner for Information and Strategy in Akwa Ibom State, Comrade Iniobong Ememobong has commended the high level of transparency and due process exhibited by the management and staff of the Directorate of Marketing and Brand Management in selecting participants for the on-going 3rd batch of the “My Entrepreneurship Goals Programme” (MEGP). Ememobong gave the accolades, Monday 2nd November 2020 during an unscheduled visit to the Dakkada Entrepreneurial Development Center in shelter Afrique Estate, Uyo, where the MEGP training hold.

Comr. Ini-Ememobong, Commissioner for Information, Akwa Ibom State

The ministry helmsman who was shown around the center by the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Udom Emmanuel on Marketing and Brand Management, Mr. Ime Uwah also took time to praise the pre-selection interview process for selection of participants, which he described as pristine, world-class, and transparent. Addressing one of the classes in batch 3 of the MEGP, the Information Boss encouraged participants to remain focused on the goals of the programme so as to achieve their aims for participation. He further harped on the right business attitude for businesses in the state, stressing that MSMEs hold the key to the economic maturity of any economy. Comrade Ememobong also assured the participants of Governor Udom Emmanuel’s readiness and commitment to empowering the youths in the state through job creation, creation, and sustenance of a serene business atmosphere, as well as capacity building for young business owners through programmes like the MEGP.

From Left: Mr. Ime Uwah, Comr. Ini Emem-Obong, Mrs. Meflyn Anwana

The My Entrepreneurship Goals Programme, (MEGP) which is in its third batch presently is an initiative of the State Government, to help young business owners define clear goals for their businesses and obtain basic business training to enable them to build capacity and scale up their businesses. Participants in the scheme are also exposed to facilities and grant opportunities while also being offered project-based assistance by the Directorate of Marketing and Brand Management, who are the drivers of the programme.

IWAUDOFIA TASKS YOUTHS ON CAPACITY BUILDING

…As Umontuen receives 100k DNE Participating Entrepreneur Prize.

Youths have been urged to embrace capacity building and self-development as key to functioning in the emerging Akwa Ibom business ecosystem. The Senior Special Assistant to the Akwa Ibom State Governor on Youth matters, Mr. Aniefiok Wilson Iwa-Udofia made the call earlier today, while presenting the cash prize of one hundred thousand Naira (N100, 000) to Mr. Jacobson Umontuen, winner of the October Edition of the Dakkada Networking Experience (DNE) Participating Entrepreneurs Grant.

Jacobson Umontuen – Recipient

Iwa-Udofia stressed that a new normal is already in operation and that the currency of trade would be skills, knowledge, and wit. The SSA congratulated Mr. Jacobson Umontuen for emerging winner of the participating entrepreneur’s grant, urging him to deploy the prize to productive ventures. Speaking earlier, the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Udom Emmanuel on Marketing and Brand Management, Mr. Ime Uwah said the Participating Entrepreneurs Grant was incorporated into the monthly Dakkada Networking Experience, to reward and support young and skilled entrepreneurs by injecting a hundred thousand Naira into their businesses. Uwah said the prize usually goes to the participating entrepreneur who supplies the fastest and most acceptable answer to the trivia usually posed during the DNE. He commended Jacobson Umontuen for coming out tops, stating that this month’s trivia had very competitive responses. The SSA said the Dakkada Networking Experience, organized by the Dakkada Business and Leadership Forum in collaboration with the Directorate of Marketing and Brand Management was conceived to create an opportunity for industry players and regulators to parley, thereby causing a synergy to sprout between them.

Comr. Aniefiok Iwa-Udofia, SSA to the Governor of Akwa Ibom State on Youth Matter – Facilitator

In his response, the October winner of the DNE Participating Entrepreneurs Business Grant, Mr. Jacobson Umontuen expressed gratitude to Governor Udom Emmanuel, the SSAs Ime Uwah and Iwa-Udofia, as well as the Management and Staff of the Directorate of Marketing and Brand Management for what he described as an inspiring gesture. Umontuen further reaffirmed his personal resolve to contribute his quota towards making Akwa Ibom State the destination for enterprise development.

The SSA on youth matters also seized the opportunity to interact with the participants of class 5, Batch 3 of the My Entrepreneurship Goals Programme (MEGP) ongoing at the Dakkada Entrepreneurial Development Centre.

Classes resume for Batch III of the MEGP

A good number of young persons in entrepreneurship and artisanship today commenced lectures as the 3rd batch of the My Entrepreneurship Goals Programme (MEGP) kick-started at the Dakkada Enterprise Development Center.

The MEGP, a cardinal part of Governor Udom Emmanuel’s grand plan of an entrepreneurial renaissance in the State, has a curriculum module designed to help participants define clear business goals and acquire basic entrepreneurial education to help them navigate the murky waters of doing business. The Governor had in a statewide broadcast last week promised that the programme would commence this week, to address the gap in entrepreneurship skills/education, thereby properly equipping young persons in the State to create jobs for themselves.

The programme enjoys collaboration from the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) which provides seasoned facilitators and certification for participants of the MEGP.

In a statement released by the SSA to Governor Udom Emmanuel on Marketing and Brand Management, Mr. Ime Uwah said the 3rd batch of the MEGP that has commenced will run for 10 weeks, with provisions for ongoing registrations. Intending participants are to visit www.megp.com.ng to fill registration forms, while the numbers 08133588773 can be called for additional information.

Mr. Ime Uwa, SSA, to the Governor of Akwa Ibom State on Marketing & Brand Management – Facilitator

The My Entrepreneurship Goals Programme, has for the past months churned out high-quality participants who pundits say are qualified to compete favourably with contemporaries from other business education programmes nationwide. Some of the additional benefits for participants on the MEGP network include free business name registrations, facilitation of NAFDAC / SON registration for products, additional ICT/ soft skills acquisition, free consultancy services for individual businesses, access to funding opportunities, Market linkage, and equipment finance.

Pictorial View of MEGP-batch-III participants

Gov. Emmanuel Announces Commencement of MEGP Training For Batch III

As part of efforts to address some concerns of youth in Akwa Ibom State and forestall unrest, Gov. Udom Emmanuel has announced the commencement of the third batch of capacity building initiative, My Entrepreneurship Goal Programme (MEGP).

Gov. Emmanuel in a Statewide broadcast, Friday, October 23, 2020, in reaction to the violence that erupted in Uyo a day earlier, caused by hoodlums acting as #EndSARS protesters, announced that MEGP will resume for the third batch, to train another set of startups and young entrepreneurs on basic business skills.

“My‭ ‬Entrepreneurship‭ ‬Goals‭ ‬ ‭ ‬Programme‭ (MEGP) will start next week, which is another bold and decisive step taken by Government to provide needed education and skills ‬in entrepreneurship, so‭ ‬our ‭ ‬youths may‭ ‬use‭ the ‭skills acquired to create a job for themselves”, he said.

The Governor through the Directorate of Marketing & Brand Management (Office of the Governor) had since 2018, initiated the programme to provide a free platform for budding entrepreneurs in the State to acquire needed business education and exposed to opportunities for business support, strategic partnership, mentoring and market linkages. The programme has so far churned out two batches of beneficiaries.

According to the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Marketing & Brand Management, Mr. Ime Uwah, MEGP is a typology of a business school that runs every quarter of the year. He stated that batch III of the programme, was slated to commence by March this year, but was regrettably stalled by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the participants that will be attending the programme by next week, are those qualified after the pre-qualification interview carried out early this year.

The MEGP has exposed young Akwa Ibom entrepreneurs to avenues for business financings like grants and loans, as well as create an ecosystem of like-minded teams to share ideas and build a mutual support system, Uwah stated.

He pointed out that with key partners like Small and Medium Enterprise Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), the over two hundred young entrepreneurs in the State that have been fully trained and certified, are well equipped to grow businesses and function in many capacities relating to entrepreneurship.

The SSA further noted that the programme is an interpretation of Gov. Emmanuel’s vision to grow a productive population of young people who will hold economic pillars of the State, this is in line with the State Government completion Agenda on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. (MSMEs)