No fewer than 50 women from Ibeno Local Government Area have graduated from Dakkada Women Entrepreneurship and Mentorship Programme (DWEMP).
The graduation ceremony which took place on Tuesday at Ibeno Council Hall, Ukpenekang, came after a week-long entrepreneurial training organised by the Directorate of Marketing and Brand Management, Office of the Governor, and coordinated by the Special Assistant (SA) to the Governor on Marketing and Brand Management, Mrs. Lydia Udoh.
The women had undergone free training in Cosmetology, Soap Making, Catering, Confectionery, Decoration, Tailoring and Hairdressing amongst others.
Presenting certificates and start-up packs, Mrs. Lydia Udoh congratulated the beneficiaries and lauded their response to the call for participation in the programme.
Udoh said DWEMP was part of Governor Udom’s commitment towards improving the entrepreneurial capacity of women across the 31 Local Government Areas of the state, adding that the goal was to enhance knowledge and provide opportunities for women in the rural communities of the state to develop and sustain entrepreneurial skills.
She said the intention of the Directorate is to ensure that all women become entrepreneurs in-line with the Dakkada philosophy of the Governor.
In her words, “His Excellency wants everyone including our women to be self-employed so that they can take care of their families.”
According to her, another batch of trainees in the fashion and tailoring category will subsequently be graduated after their training which is long term in nature.
Udoh congratulated those who had successfully completed the training programme and presented to them certificates and startup packs containing items that will help them set up their own businesses.
Urging them to be committed to developing the skills they have acquired, Udoh, tasks the women to pass on their skills to other women in their communities.
She expressed hope that the entrepreneurial skills acquired by the women will make them more useful to themselves and family, and thanked the governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, for the opportunity given to the women to learn new skills.
In his remark, the Chairman of Ibeno Local Government Area, Mr. Sunday Etor who was represented by his vice, Mrs. Ethel Ifum, expressed happiness towards the gesture by government to better the lives of rural women across the state, describing it as a show of love to the women folk.
Etor lauded the SA for her good work in interpreting the vision of the governor through the coordination of DWEMP and thanked the resource persons for their commitment to pass on the knowledge to the participants.
He observed that with the newly acquired skills, women of the area will not only be self-reliant but also will be supportive to their husbands as well as their families.
In their testimonies, some beneficiaries of the training who could not hide their joy, said they were happy to be remembered by government in the scheme of things and thanked Governor Emmanuel and wife, Martha, for thinking about them.
Mrs. Felicity Offiong and Idongesit Essien who were excited to be among the graduating students said the skills they acquired will go a long way to help them become economically independent and useful to their families.
Highpoint of the event which had in attendance the leader of Uyo Legislative Council, Hon. Nathaniel Udoh, was the presentation of certificates and startup pack to graduating women.