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MEGP: A Youth Empowerment Initiative After Governor Emmanuel’s Heart by edikandavid(m): 11:56am On Nov 09, 2021
Richard Peters

The My Entrepreneurial Goals Programme (MEGP) is an entrepreneurial development training programme focused at identifying, empowering and certifying Akwa Ibom start-up and existing entrepreneurs to define clear-cut goals for their businesses.

Established to provide new and existing businesses with the right networks for partnership and education on basic business tools which would guide them in making good decisions for their businesses, MEGP stands out as one entity whose vision is to become a reliable platform serving the needs of start-up and growing businesses in Akwa Ibom and the length of the Niger-Delta Region.

From its creation, MEGP has helped Akwa Ibom start-up and growing businesses define their goals and objectives, rather than stay afloat without prerequisite knowledge and mentorship. As such, it has identified the business needs of thousands of Akwa Ibom youths and offered lasting solutions to them.

Managed by the duo of the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Udom Emmanuel on Marketing & Brand Management, Mr Ime Uwah and Special Assistant to Governor on Entrepreneurial Development, Mrs. Meflyn Anwana, the MEGP has given businesses the potential to grow without barriers through the creation of innovative and scalable businesses by offering continuous learning, networking and providing access to funding which they require to succeed in the global market. At the programme, entrepreneurs have an access to MEGP training, mentorship opportunities, network and the ability to raise capital. They are able to browse through mentorship request and connect with founders to support them, as well as program partners and are also able to discover great companies, opportunities and follow up with the founders directly.

Since its creation, the MEGP has graduated hundreds of young entrepreneurs who’ve acquired various skills and certifications. After their training, the entrepreneurs are expected to effectively communicate the ideas behind their business brands to qualify for business grants ranging from N500,000 to N150,000.

Few months ago, a number of them were presented with work tools and items to aid their respective entrepreneurial activities in the Project-Based Assistance (PBA) scheme of the Akwa Ibom State Youths Entrepreneurial Development Programme.
The beneficiaries were exhilarant as they received the items which included: generating sets, washing machines, industrial sewing machines, clutch motor, bundles of quality Ankara materials, and a hand mixer (soap-making machine).

It is worthy to note the Governor’s commitment at ensuring self-reliance and independence hence, his funding of the programme. His passion to instill the values of industry and hardwork is again demonstrated as in the case of the Ibom 3,000 youths programme.
From the feedback gotten, the MEGP has fulfilled Governor Emmanuel’s dream of a productive workforce, while reducing dependency on white-collar jobs, and political begging. It thus affirms Governor Emmanuel’s dream that the average Akwa Ibom youth should be an employer of labour and a creative thinker with an economy-driven mindset.

Already, His Excellency’s investment in the youth is paying off with more youths moving from ignorance to knowledge and enlightenment. Moreso, Small Scale Enterprises are booming more than ever and the returns are encouraging.

In no time, the Start-up and growing businesses birthed by the MEGP will create businesses that will generate 100,000 new jobs, and contribute to the State’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) revenue, while boosting economic activities in the State. All thanks to Governor Emmanuel whose investment in the future has began yielding in leaps and bounds.

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