…As pre-qualification screening interview ends today.

The State Government has continued to receive commendations on the transparency that has characterized the handling of the screening of prospective participants of the Akwa Ibom State Youth Entrepreneurial Development Programme tagged “My Entrepreneurship Goals Programme”(MEGP). The latest in this series of accolades came in today from the Akwa Ibom State Coordinator of the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria, Lucy Ekpenyong. The State SMEDAN boss, who was speaking to newsmen after the Pre-qualification screening exercise held at the Directorate of Marketing and Brand Management Offices today, said having monitored the exercise from its first day, that she was satisfied with the attention paid to due process, credibility, transparency, and fairness to all.

Ekpenyong thanked the Akwa Ibom State Government for ensuring that admission into the MEGP is purely on merit, describing it as the most transparent process she has observed anywhere in the country. She further hinted that international development partners would be attracted to the programme as it follows standard recruitment and training processes prescribed by international agencies.

The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) a Federal Government Parastatal, has been an active partner of the MEGP from inception. The Agency has been at the forefront of providing facilitators and trainers for the MEGP.

On their part, some of the applicants expressed their satisfaction with the entire process and we’re optimistic that they would be selected to take part in the programme.

The MEGP, now in its 4th batch will see over 600 Akwa Ibom State entrepreneurs taken through three months of intensive business training and mentoring.

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