The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has extolled the administration of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State on his commitment to create employment opportunities.
HURIWA said it was pleased with a recent statement from the state government concerning Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) development and Director General, Enugu SMEs Centre; Hon. Arinze Chilo-Offiah, who announced the decision to train more 500 youths in various fields of innovative endeavour in addition to the 500 already trained through the Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) Centre.
HURIWA, in a statement signed by its National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onubiko, and Media Affairs Director, Zainab Yusuf, said that Enugu State is in line to have well-skilled techies to support startups and Tech companies in the country and the continent as a whole.
“This was borne out of the conviction that tech is the future, and for Enugu to thrive, it had to have a future in tech. The presence of tech experts in Enugu can also ensure a place for tech giants like Google and Microsoft to operate in the state. Enugu Tech has graduated over 500 persons, with an additional 500 yet to be trained,” HURIWA observed.
Also, following the recent release of the Global StartupBlink Ecosystem Index Report of 2021, HURIWA revealed that there has been a whirlwind of multiple emotions; surprise and happiness.
“But the common question on everybody’s lips is ‘how’? With the rise of Nigeria’s ranking fueled by its massive consumer market and more than 500 active startups, one of the largest in Africa, very few expected that Enugu will make a huge contribution to this. More surprising is Enugu’s rank as the first Southeastern Nigeria state to make the list and the 978th globally.
“There is no doubt then that Gov. Ugwuanyi has etched his name on the sands of time, as a Governor whose vision has sighted Enugu state as a bride to be courted by every South-east man or woman for many generations to come and is working assiduously to consummate this reality,” HURIWA said.
The group noted that the mission of Governor Ugwuanyi’s administration is to put Enugu on the global map and led the governor through the SMEs centre.
“Therefore, there is no gainsaying the fact that Enugu under the dispensation of genuine leadership of a man celebrated with the epaulet of ‘Gburugburu’ by his people offers a good example of how a combination of sustained investment in nurturing small scale enterprises and removing all stifling bureaucratic structures can launch a state’s economy onto a growth trajectory,” it said.
Furthermore, HURIWA averred that the Enugu Tech is a testament that job creation is evidently the prime commitment of Gov. Ugwuanyi.
Continuing, HURIWA, informed that one of the takeaways from this gesture is that Governor Ifeanyi’s focus is to define human capital as a sector that should be funded and invested in, just as it is done in the agricultural sector, manufacturing, the creative industries and all.
HURIWA’s belief is that the creation of the SMEs centre by the Ugwanyi led administration of Enugu state was prompted by the dire prognosis that most small businesses in the local communities die before their fifth anniversary.
“The cost of this training, alongside others, was also subsidised to N50,000 from N250,000 with the funding provided by the Enugu SME Center to participants through the Human Capital Development Loan; one of the many programs under the Human Capital Development Loan Initiative.
“Of course, the vision of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, which is to facilitate easier access to resources required by entrepreneurs, SMEs and players in that environment to achieve sustainable development in Enugu State is gradually metamorphosing into reality.
“With the number of programs the SMEs Centre has spearheaded in Enugu, the successes and development in Enugu have taken a positive turn, as the State Government successfully registered Business Names for over 6,000 Startups, a number which is key to the recent global recognition.
Furthermore, HURIWA pointed out that unlike the trend whereby virtually all politicians seeking the office of governor voiced their commitment to similarly lofty goals, Governor Ugwuanyi’s empowerment programs together with NBC’s job analysis across states has shown that his pledge was no typical campaign rhetoric.
Additionally, the rights group expressed gratification in the sense that the Governor did not succumb to the temptation of using the civil service as a job- dispensing point.
The group noted that since 2015 when the Ugwuanyi administration began, Enugu has benefited largely from. insightful policies of the Governor which provide the state with a sound financial base.