Entrepreneurship advocated as a panacea for poverty eradication

…as African Church holds 2020 national Clergy’s retreat in Uyo.

Courage Mbon

Entrepreneurship, small and medium scale business creation and skills set development have been identified as key to sustainable poverty eradication in Nigeria. This position was made by the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Udom Emmanuel on Marketing and Brand Management, Mr Ime Uwah at the 2020 National Clergy’s retreat of the African Church, Tuesday, 18th February at St Stephen’s Cathedral of the African Church, 25 Wellington Bassey Way, Uyo.

The event which had as its theme, Equipping the clergy for contemporary leadership challenges in the national polity attracted clergymen of the African Church extraction from across the country. Drawing his talk from James 2:26 “As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead”, Uwah in his keynote address harped on the need to give God something to bless by acting on inert ideas. “…it is not enough to believe we can build a successful enterprise, we have to be consistent with our actions” he said.

The businessman cum politician who quoted from other scriptures such as Leviticus 25:14 and Matthew 6:33 named fair dealings, as well as seeking first the kingdom of God and its righteousness as key factors towards attracting God’s blessings to businesses and entrepreneurial endeavours.

While commending the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Deacon Udom Emmanuel for pioneering an entrepreneurial revolution in the state through the Dakkada Initiative, Uwah urged Clergymen in the state to take advantage of the various initiatives aimed at supporting entrepreneurs in the state such as the My Entrepreneurship Goals Programme (MEGP), the Akwa Ibom Youths iTrain programme, amongst others.

The Directorate of Marketing and Brand Management helmsman concluded by urging the clergy present to see microfinancing and soft loans facilities as the quickest panacea to poverty and a useful tool for lifting the masses above the poverty line.