Owerri Chamber of
Commerce, Industries, Mines,
and Agriculture, OCCIMA
plans to offer training to
100 budding entrepreneurs
on the establishment and
management of Small and
Medium Enterprises, SMEs.
President of OCCIMA, Mr.
Kevin Mbawuike disclosed
this in an interview with the
News Agency of Nigeria,
NAN in Owerri, said that the
six weeks skills training was to
impart on the entrepreneurs
quality knowledge to drive
their ventures.
Mbawuike explained that
first phase of the training
would hold before the end of
June in partnership with the
Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN
and Bank of Industry, BoI.
According to him, the
participants will undergo
training in planning,
products, human resources
and fund management as well
as marketing.
“Acquisition of skills is the
driving wheel for accelerated
economic growth and wealth
creation, and the youths must
embrace this new order,’’ he
said.
Mbawuike said
entrepreneurs must have
proper knowledge of the
sector, in order to operate
viable SMEs and contribute to
national development.
The OCCIMA president
called on the people to take
advantage of government
funding initiatives under
the BoI, CBN, Micro, SMEs
Development Bank.
He however urged
government to make access
to land easier, to encourage
investment, job creation and
reduction in the high rate
of misconducts among the
youths.
Mbawuike also called on
the federal government to
make the machine leasing
project of the BoI more liberal,
adding that the present policy
was difficult for up-coming
businesses.
“There are many conditions
for people wanting to lease the
machines through the BoI and
such policies are adversely
affecting fresh people wanting
to hire the machines for
business purposes,’’ he said.
He said that it required
committed and exemplary
leadership to change the
direction of people and urged
President Muhammadu
Buhari to muster the political
will to uplift the nation’s
economy.


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