focus of governance in Akwa Ibom State principally has been on
industrialization and job creation. This made it absolutely necessary to
establish a programme that will engage the skills, ideas, capacities
and productive endeavours of Akwa Ibom people towards inspiring an
industrial revolution from down up.
has sought to get young people off the streets and into work through
trainings, partnerships, franchise schemes, internships and specially
designed enterprise development schemes.
by the objective to reduce youth unemployment by 50% by 2020, through
the development of youth entrepreneurs, AKEES has begun to impact whole
industries in the sub-region in just one year. Over 1500 have been
employed; over 85 businesses have been either created or reinforced.
4 ENTERPRISE ACTIVATION MODELS OF AKEES
Micro-Franchising: This model allows beneficiaries of the AKEES
programme to own their individual businesses through small scale
partnerships and business-based authorization.
Enterprise Programmes: Here, individuals are enabled and supported to
start their businesses in order to meet specific needs in the
marketplace. It allows for start-ups in other parts of the country to
consider doing business with the ones domiciled in Akwa Ibom State.
Job Programmes: The question of unemployment depends largely on the
employability of the jobless. This is why AKEES has a programme designed
to equip youths with requisite skill-sets for diverse industries.
Common facility & Equipment Centres: Having studied prototypes
functional in emerging economies of the world, this model was developed
to encourage the formation of industry clusters all over the state.
Merits are that individual entrepreneurs that belong to the same
industries can utilize the same facilities and apparatuses for their
different production operations.
SUCCESS STORIES INDUSTRY BY INDUSTRY.
This is by no means a comprehensive list of all the enterprises partnering with and/or benefiting from AKEES.
Beginning with a team of 6 dynamic members
provided summarized news to readers over the internet, residing within
Nigeria and those overseas for over 10 months. They have visitors from
over 20 countries of the world using their services, daily.
MEDIA SERVICES is a group of innovative young entrepreneurs who
integrate web design, infographics, video editing, podcast, bulk SMS,
automated voice prompts and online marketing to provide enterprise
AFRICA TV provide communications, publicity and advertisement services
and also event promotions and feature interviews.
PREMIUM HERALD is a media company that provides online news services, web design, digital marketing and brand consulting.
INTERACTIVE design brand items for businesses, websites, advertisement
and PR campaigns. A key mark of Onukinteractive designs is seen in the
broad diversity of business brand art they have produced; the ability to
create a brand design that interprets the uniqueness of each client.
employ creative approach to capturing events for memories. Using up to
date photography equipment, they constitute among the best media
recording business units in the State.
STUDIO is a media start-up that shoots short films, movies,
documentary, TV series, photography, with the vision to make world-class
one of the most outstanding success stories of AKEES is SUNICK
CLOTHING. A partner with AKEES, Sunick also hosts a fashion Common
Facility Centre (CFC) for the scheme. Over 300 tailors have signed up
since set up to use the Sunick CFC. On their part, Sunick have been
immensely imparted by the partnership, as they have had access to
equipment to enhance their production to volumes and quality that have
allowed them to sign mega deals to produce jerseys to academic
institutions, football clubs (E.g. Akwa Starlet, Akwa United FC, Ibom
Angels, Cofine FC), and other uniform agencies. The manager of Sunick,
Mr. Nicodemus Ibanga was nominated for an award as an emerging young
entrepreneur in the Niger Delta sub-region.
FRESH came up with trendy urban clothing with a focus on what they call
streetwear, which are casual graphic t-shirts, hoodies, casual
sportswear and more. They also produce fashion with options of
customization and personalization for specific individual events.
PEARLS is one of the fastest growing and creative jewelry brand in
Nigeria, offering beaded jewelry and Gele tying and training.
major achievement of AKEES has been in the Agriculture sector, a model
was developed to help individuals with different interests in
Agriculture and different assets, forge partnerships and achieve common
owners partner with technology owners, and seeds are provided by yet
another party, over one hundred people have provided lands for the
cultivation of tomato in partnership with AKEES
FARMS helps franchise farmers to cultivate, process and sell their
produce to buyers at value added standards. With over 100 people
recruited, and over 50 franchise tomato farms in 2 senatorial districts
incubated by Bolland farms, this is truly a success story.
FARMS was one of the first farms, after Bolland, that presented their
farmland for a demonstration of the AKEES tomato and other fast yielding
cash vegetables production scheme. Incidentally, this initiative
preceded the famed plague of the Tuta Absoluta virus attack on tomato
crops that skyrocketed the cost of tomatoes all over the country.
provides a broad variety of traditional agricultural produce. They work
with local farmers and agro-business vendors to ensure availability of
fresh farm produce for their subscribers.
FINANCE & LEGAL SOLUTIONS
headline the achievements of AKEES in this sector. They specialize in
helping Small and Medium Enterprises to keep record of their financial
transactions, to measure the progress of their businesses, cut cost,
track cash flow and so on,in order to maintain up-to-date records and
improve accuracy and dependability on their business accounts. Starting
with 8 staff, they now have franchisees in at least 4 other major towns
of the state, and one in Cross River State.
Analysis is another bookkeeping and accounting business reinforced by
AKEES. They provide reports to aid financial management in businesses
and help investors to determine the growth of a particular business of
is a micro-savings platform that allows small businesses and
individuals to save any amount of money daily in order to meet targets
in their financial lives. They go to clients and help handle their cash
for each day.
LEGAL SOLUTIONS bring legal services a lot closer to businesses. They
help businesses overcome their fears of dealing with the
all-too-necessary but seemingly elitist services of business legal
AD offers pocket-friendly, targeted and far-reaching advertisement and
marketing solutions to business and organizations. This company is built
on the foundation of quality service delivery, attention to details and
prioritizes a regular review of the entire scheme, assessing its
programmes, projects, partners and beneficiaries, in a principle that
advocates not only transparency, but also continuity and consistency of
Ibom people appreciate the matchless value addition of the AKEES
initiative to the evolution of Akwa Ibom State from a huge community of
financial dependents to a frontline big business hub in the West African
region, by the Udom Emmanuel led administration.