…as DWEMP kicks off in Ukanafun.
Recent studies by the world Bank show that compared to their male counterparts, women entrepreneurs in Africa have fewer access to entrepreneurial trainings, business asset acquisition and adequate mentoring.
In spite of this obviously disadvantaged disposition, the study also show that enterprises pioneered and managed by women thrive more, prosper more and creates more employment opportunities comparatively.
The Dakkada Women Entrepreneurship and Mentorship Programme (DWEMP) was therefore designed to give succor to this class of successful entrepreneurs so as to minimize the impact of neglect, bridge the Mentorship gap and help the society benefit from the thriving entrepreneurial tendencies of the women.
DWEMP, an initiative of the Directorate of Marketing and Brand Management, Office of the Akwa Ibom State Governor is a business tooling and vocational skill development training for Akwa Ibom women, and it aims at inspiring, training, empowering and equipping women to improve their living conditions through the promotion of income generating activities, in line with Governor Udom Emmanuel’s Completion Agenda to establish at least 30,000 Small and Medium Scale businesses across the State.
The programme, which kicked off on Friday, 31st January 2020 at the council hall, Ukanafun LGA had in attendance, the SSA, Directorate of Marketing and Brand Management, Mr Ime Uwah, First Lady of Ukanafun LGA, Mrs. Ijeoma Idiong, The Vice Chairman Ukanafun Local Government, Hon. Victor Umakiso, SA to the Governor on Marketing and Brand Management, Mrs. Lydia Udoh, SA on Entrepreneurial Development, Mrs. Meflyn Anwana, Councilors, Women leaders among others.
Speaking at the kickoff, The SSA, Directorate of Marketing and Brand Management, Mr Ime Uwah said DWEMP has a twin objective of empowering women in skills acquisition and also provision of the right work tools for them. He urged the beneficiaries of the Scheme to take it as seriously as possible.
Earlier in her remarks, the Coordinator of the programme and Special Assistant to Governor Udom Emmanuel on Marketing and Brand Management, Mrs Lydia Udoh said the scheme was designed not just to teach women how to fish, but also to give them fishing equipments. Udoh said different facilitators have been deployed to not only train the women but also establish a sustained Mentoring relationship with them.
Other speakers at the kickoff were full of praises for the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Deacon Udom Emmanuel for making sure that women in the state are not left behind in his drive for enterprise development.