The Special Assistant to the Akwa Ibom State governor on Public Affairs, Akparawa Raphael Edem has urged citizens of Ikot Obio Enang community to imbibe the spirit of business and enterprise. Akparawa Edem made the call on Sunday 15th September 2019, at a special thank you/ empowerment event he hosted for Ikot Obio Enang, his home community. Edem said instead of waiting for so called white collar jobs, citizens who had natural talents and abilities should engage in business ventures as such endeavours have proven to be more lucrative and sustainable that most white collar jobs. Akparawa Edem thanked the community for their support for the Udom Emmanuel administration, and most especially for voting enmasse to return the Governor for a second term in office.
Edem said the empowerment programme, which was the first of its kind in the community would be a continuous process. He said the twelve beneficiaries were dutifully selected from the 6 families in the community and the assistance given them were based on a needs assessment carried out by the empowerment selection committee. He urged beneficiaries to make good use of the opportunity so as to grow in business and also give back to the community.
He said the first phase of the empowerment scheme included cash for business support, full university scholarships as well as sewing machines and generators for businesses. He also announced a donation of 100 wrappers to the women of the village.
Speaking earlier, the chairman on the occasion, Mr Ini Ememobong thanked the Ikot Obio Enang community for unanimously returning all PDP candidates at the polls. Ememobong who is the publicity secretary of the PDP in Akwa Ibom State said that with the overwhelming success of the party at the just concluded general elections, gestures like Raphael Edem’s empowerment scheme would be a regular thing. He commended the initiator of the empowerment scheme, Mr Raphael Edem for having a heart for his people and promised to support the empowerment scheme massively. Mr Ini Ememobong made donations to the village council, women group and youths. He also pledged to sponsor some indigenes of the village to be trained in furniture making.
Other speakers at the event took turns to praise the initiative while urging beneficiaries to be diligent and committed. Responding, one of the beneficiaries, Mr Godwin Sunday thanked Akparawa Raphael Edem for his benevolence and promised to make good use of the opportunity to better his lot. Sunday pledged to train for free, any indigene of the community that indicates interest in his spare parts sales business. High point of the event was the presentation of cheques, receipts and equipment to the beneficiaries of the scheme.
The event was witnessed by the village head and members of the village council, government functionaries and a cross section of the members of the Ikot Obio Enang community.