The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in collaboration with the federal government of Nigeria Livelihood Improvement Family Enterprises-Niger Delta (LIFE-ND) Project, on Thursday, in Umuahia, the Abia state capital began its six days Batch 2 business development orientation training for incubators (trainers) and incubates(trainees).
Dr. Uchenna Rowland Onyeizu, the project co-coordinator (SPC) LIFE-ND, Abia state, in an address speech revealed that “Abia LIFE-ND coordinating office has successfully identified the second batch of 25 incubators and concluded the process of selecting the second phase of 125 potential incubatees in 25 communities that spreads across 10 local government areas of Abia state.”
According to Dr. Uchenna, the event was planned to train participants in business training and management training for the next six days in other to equip them with basic entrepreneurship knowledge and skills.
Upon the completion of the training, the incubatees will be attached to incubators to gain hands on experience and training on the best practices in the agro-business activity of his/her choice.
The project coordinator also warned against unseriousness by the incubators because if noticed, they will be disengaged.
The event was also graced by the Abia state commissioner for Agriculture, Prof. Ikechi Ngboji and Mrs. Anthonia Esenwa, National coordinating officer, Agric-business.
Prof. Ngboji also in his speech acknowledged that this batch of incubates was a clear improvement of the previous batch. He pleaded with the incubatees to take the training very seriously.
“For you to be here shows you have a passion for what you are doing, so, it’s important you match that passion with true commitment and dedication.
“At the end of the day, it will not be for the benefit for the SPC but for yourself because the future belongs to you and I want you to take it very seriously.” Dr. Uchenna advised.
Prof Ngboji addressed pressmen, about the training.
“Abia state government embraced the counterpart fund of the federal government as early as January this year, so it shows the government has been supportive in various ways
“Thus it now behooves on the incubators and incubates to reciprocate this gesture by taking this program very seriously
“What makes this program very unique is that it’s a modern filtration of a peculiarly Igbo way of alleviating poverty and empowering people
“In fact, it is in some culture of accomplished business people to take people on board for mentorship and training and give them capital to start off their business and it’s exactly what this business is all about
“It’s also all about giving them the skills, know-how and exposes them to customers. It’s a complete holistic package” Prof. Ikechi Ngboji revealed.
The participants in their large number including the physically challenged were in high spirit to commence the training.