Most governors now fight unemployment by making numerous appointments as personal assistants but an aspiring governor in Cross River State under the All Progressives Congress (APC) has said he would rather turn people into entrepreneurs.
John Upan Odey has said that when elected as governor, he would create an enabling environment for thousands of entrepreneurs to emerge rather than have thousands of appointees.
Odey disclosed this in an interview in Calabar the Cross River State capital..
Where he said: “If I become your governor in 2019, John Upan Odey will not have thousands of appointees but I will create thousands of entrepreneurs.”
Odey spoke at the event which was themed; ‘MSME Funding: A Tool for Sustainable Poverty Alleviation and Economic Growth in Nigeria.’ He said for Emerging MSME to thrive, Cross River as a very special state driven by the private sector and not government would no longer neglect small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
He said lifting MSMEs to grow beyond their start-up line was vital in building a prosperous Cross River State. “Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises as we have come to know them, are the vital drivers of any economy and are the establishment of many success stories of great modern economies.
“Global conglomerates as Kellogs, Ford, MicroSoft, Apple, Amazon etc, that have become part of our everyday lives, all started as small enterprises.
“MSME’s can grow to national and global relevance and might like we have seen even with our own Dangote Group but their importance does not lie only in their potential in growing big but staying in business, providing livelihoods to citizens and contributing to communal, local, national and regional economies.
“They are said to be the soldier ants in an anthill that create a colony of enterprises churning out quality goods and services regularly to build a prosperous society,” Odey said.