UYO, South-South, Nigeria – Entrepreneurs in Akwa Ibom State have been urged to switch gears from just having a physical business presence in the state to having a digital portal where the global world can access their products and services.
Special Assistant to Governor Udom Emmanuel on Entrepreneurial Development, Mrs Meflyn Anwana, made the call while on a tour of Made in Akwa Ibom Show room; a business exhibition centre put together by a convergence of Ibom Entrepreneurs’ Forum on Monday in Uyo.
The group also made a stop over at the Made in Akwa Ibom Factory also known as Ibom Entrepreneurs Hub to inspect equipment and machinery at the factory.
Anwana, who was accompanied on the tour by the Akwa Ibom State Coordinator of SMEDAN, Lucy Ekpenyong, was received at the show room by the group’s Head, Mr Collins Oscar, and other members of the Forum who were handy to introduce the delegation to their varieties of products and services.
She admonished the entrepreneurs to go beyond just producing goods and services to ensuring that a quality control mechanism is set up to control the standard of goods and services and ensure that their products are of high quality.
“Everyone of you who are members of the Ibom Entrepreneurs’ Forum must note that you are not just in business for yourself and for amassing wealth through profit making but you are in business to serve quality products and services to the public.
“You must also know that your business isn’t limited to your physical world, and as such in a competitive fast changing world, it is expedient that as a business group you take on the many available advantages of the e-commerce industry to broaden your scope of operations.
“Your business should be guarded jealousy knowing that your commercial activities adds to increased IGR and GDP index of the State in particular and the country at large,” she admonished.
Earlier, the State SMEDAN boss, Ekpenyong, charged Ibom Entrepreneurs as well as other producers in the state to ensure that every product made in the State not only meet the quality standards of Nigeria, but should be produced, branded and packaged to compete favorably in the global market.
Responding on behalf of the Forum, Mr Oscar who doubles as the group’s head took time to eulogize the state governor, Mr Udom, for challenging Akwa Ibom youth to a life of entrepreneurship, stating that Udom’s government and the Dakkada philosophy made it possible for countless numbers of people in the state to look inward and tap into their resourcefulness.
He also appreciated the kind gestures of the Governor for putting up the my Entrepreneurship Goals Programme, (MEGP) through the Directorate of Marketing and Brand Management which has helped trained entrepreneurs on cutting edge skills and approaches and the dynamics of running a successful business.
Mrs Anwana was also accompanied by Alumni of the MEGP Batch 1&2. She further used the opportunity to call on many entrepreneurs in the state to enroll for the free training offered by the third batch of the MEGP.
The Ibom Entrepreneur’s Forum is a group of innovative minds who were inspired by Governor Udom’s ‘Dakkadda’ Philosophy to rise to the faith of their greatness.