Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi has urged the Association of Women Entrepreneurs (ASSOWE) in the state to aim at skills for enriched production, promotion and exportation of locally made goods.
Umahi said that adherence to that would aid perfection, improvement and enable them to learn a skill better.
The governor, represented by the Deputy Governor, Eric Igwe, gave the advice during an inauguration of Skill Acquisition Training Programme on Thursday in Abakaliki.
Umahi while commending the association on the occasion, encouraged them to focus on how to enhance their skills.
He also appreciated the participants for the zeal shown by coming out massively and recommended that they take the training serious for maximal results.
“Your demands for financial support and other assistance will be attended to but pay attention to how to enhance your skills and for expansion of production.
“Also take this training seriously to discover your particular skills,” he said.
Earlier, the National President of ASSOWE, Mrs Chinagorom Okereke, said their vision was to make the state a field of industrialisation.
Okereke also said they had achieved in the development of numerous processed and packaged products from agricultural produce and acquisition of trade mark from NAFDAC.
Also, completion of formal training with certifications by certified bodies, including SMEDAN, CBN, NEPC and registration of ASSOWE with the Corporate Affairs Commission(CAC) among other achievements.
“Your vision will be enhanced through women entrepreneurship because our vision is an extension of your vision to become a major player in the field of industrialisation for self sustenance and export readiness,” Okereke said.
Mr Victor Okoro, facilitator and an Export Consultant in Lagos, said that problems of exploring the export market was affecting the region.
Okoro, also the CEO of Great Works Concept Lagos, added that other challenges included quality, standards, processing, packaging and aggregating of farmers to be able to produce in commercial quantity that would be accessed by the international markets.
He said the solution was to form cluster farms at local government levels, find four competitive and popular products to focus on, while it would be built on to make good results.
He also said it required both government and private investments for standardisation.
“We need to increase on our knowledge and discussion in the area of processing and packaging.
“Ebonyi is a blessed state with natural resources, minerals and agricultural produce.
“ We need to find what is popular in a particular region, set our machines where they will be harvested and process it to a standard,” Okoro said.