Respite will soon come the way of physically challenged persons in the state as they get a common facility for shoe-making in Eket.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Technical Matters and Due Process, Elder Ufot Ebong, stated this during a radio interview in Uyo, recently.
Even though, the plan is behind schedule due to paucity of funds at the moment, he expressed optimism that with the official launch of AKEES, investors and well-meaning individuals will come in and help get the equipment needed into the State.
Speaking on the success of AKEES launch, Elder Ebong stated that what makes him happy are the smiles he sees on the faces of beneficiaries of the scheme and hoped that more would be employed in various entrepreneurial engagements/ skills available.
He also expressed displeasure that most of the people who got to be engaged were those outside the state, as those residents on the State were hindered by political gimmicks to take the initiative to be among the first to benefit from AKEES.
Expatiating on the importance of the scheme, he emphasized that it is small and medium scales enterprises that help industries to have a strong foothold in the business world.
Testifying to the transparency and integrity of the scheme, the beneficiaries thanked the Governor Udom Emmanuel for the laudable and life-inspiring scheme and urged all yet to register to do so and benefit from the scheme.
One of the beneficiaries, Uwanaobong Ekwere, from Ikot Udobia, Etinan urged tailors in the State to take advantage of SUNNICK CLOTHING, Oron Road, Uyo, a small tailoring business owned by a couple, which has now received funding as a Community Facility Centre for Fashion Designers as tailors without modern facilities can pay a token monthly to have access to the industrial sewing machines to enhance and increase their production and create wealth for themselves.
At the end of the interview, Elder Ufot Ebong while thanking the State Chief Executive, Governor Udom Emmanuel, for the laudable scheme and the recorded success so far, urged all unemployed persons in the State to visit AKEES office or their website, stressing that registration is free.