By Umoh-Obong Kingsley

The Senior Special Assistant to Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State, on Marketing and Brand Management, Mr. Sam Edoho, has called on all Akwa Ibom sons and daughters to imbibe the spirit of entrepreneurship and self-development.

Speaking at the ongoing skill acquisition programme organized by the United Evangelical Church, Asuna, Etinan Local Government Area, Mr. Edoho reeled out developmental principles to participants of the programme.

He encouraged participants to be steadfast with determination and creativity, using all God-given talents, innovation and industry to be the best in in pursuit of their career programmes.

According to him, nobody has ever been great through begging, and no one can make another great by giving fish instead of teaching how to make fishes.

Mr Sam Edoho

Mr. Edoho commended the Reverend in charge of the Church, Rev Ubong Etuk, for his decision to organize skill acquisition programme to get youths of the society out of the streets, and also thanked the youths for their participation, saying, “By your participation, you are taking the right step in the right direction. Don’t give up on the dream. You must have a plan.

“To actualize your dreams, there must be sweat, determination and hard work. A big dream without a small start is nothing but a day dream. To excel in life, you must build a positive attitude because it will determine how far you will go in life.”

A cross section of the participants in a group photograph with Sam Edoho

Mr Edoho, a marketing expert and Chairman, Dakkada Entrepreneurs Ambassadors League (DEAL), further admonished beneficiaries of the programme to develop sound discipline, principles of integrity and consistency as well as timeliness, adding that time is a very essential tool to every successful business.

“Be passionate. Don’t be ashamed of what you do. Have passion for whatever you find yourself to do. Work hard, think outside the box, do innovative and new things, and be a problem solver in order to add value in your society.”

Samuel Asuquo shared his story with the participants on how he, through the Dakkada initiative of the Governor, open a community bank in Oruk Anam Local Government Area, to ease the stress of going to Uyo just to transactions.

Samuel Asuquo

According to him, he was given the sum of N2,500, a table, chair, and umbrella just as it was given to other people across the state to start a recharge card selling business. While others sold theirs, he decided to utilize his own by venturing into the community bank business.

Samuel has over 200 customers patronizing him on a daily basis, and has created has created employment in the state as 10 people are currently working under him.

Highpoints of the event were the Dakkada Philosophy recitation competition and presentation of Dakkada umbrella T-Shirts and caps to the participants.

Winner of the Dakkada Philosophy recitation competition

Over 43 youths have benefited in the ongoing skill acquisition programme as they are being trained in various fields ranging from ICT, pastries, weaving, embroidering, tailoring furniture making, aluminum making, welding, knitting, and video coverage among others.

Elder Esua Udom, Deacon Mfon Udom, Deaconess Iniubong Etuk, Deaconess Ime Udom, Deacon Toby Udom and Pastor Jimmy Ossom also graced the event.


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