As part of his effort to reduce poverty in the society and fulfill his campaign promises, the senator representing Akwa Ibom North East Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Senator Bassey Albert Akpan has trained and empowered traders in Akwa Ibom State.
The one-day training and empowerment programme organised by Boarder Community Development Agency, at Senator Bassey Albert Liaison Office, opposite Sun Centre, Ewet Housing Estate, Uyo was facilitated by Senator Akpan with Messrs Saranet Nigeria Limited as the consultant.
The traders, who were selected from the nine local government areas in Akwa Ibom North East Senatorial District that made up the senatorial district, were trained on three cardinal rules to a successful business; Identification of business opportunity, Basic book keeping and Basic marketing and sales techniques. The participants were given N25,000 each to support their businesses.
The participants were a composition of different traders including but not limited to poultry farmers, grand alliance, oil palm processors, market women, garri processors, utility providers. etc.
Addressing the participants, Senator Akpan said his intention is to ensure that those who are hardworking are encouraged in their respective line of trade.
Please do not lose your dignity by engaging in illicit business but empowered intellectually and financially to boost their businesses.
The two-term senator who was represented by his wife, Mrs Nkeiru Imaobong Albert, said the conference was to designed meet the expectations of the people and to equally assist government to ensure the citizens maintain their dignity in labour.
The senator appreciated them for supporting him during electioneering processes and assured them of continuous support for their businesses while urging them to take advantage of the training exercise to widen their horizon for best business practices.
Earlier in her welcome address, the secretary, Senator Bassey Albert's Liaison Office, Mrs Rose Ekong, welcomed the participants to the programme and charged them on seizing the opportunity to improve their businesses for the betterment of their families and the society at large.