WE HAVE PROVIDED ENTREPRENEURIAL MOTIVATION – Wike

The Rivers State Government says it has provided entrepreneurial motivations in the State.

Rivers State Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs.) Ipalibo Harry Banigo receiving a souvenir from Consul General, United States of America, Mr. John Bray during the Conference of Emerging Entrepreneur on 10th April 2018


Governor Wike stated this at the 2018 Conference for emerging entrepreneurs (CEE 2018) organized by the Consulate General of the United States of America Lagos, Nigeria at the Institute of Petroleum Studies, University of Port Harcourt, on Tuesday 10th April, 2018.

The Governor who spoke through his Deputy, Dr. (Mrs) Ipalibo Harry Banigo said through its Microfinance Agency and the Ministry of Women Affairs, Rivers State Government is providing soft loans to Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs).



He said the State Government has also provided interest free Government-backed Bank loans to 25 Private Medical Institutions, stressing that the Government is also harmonizing taxes in the State to provide an enabling environment for growth and stability of enterprises.

According to him   the State Government has approved aRivjobs Project, aimed at tackling the prevalent challenges organizations face in finding quality talents to recruit, while job seekers find it difficult to get notification on job openings within the State.



The platform the Governor said, will also provide online training that exposes our youths to entrepreneurial skills, stressing that Government have also approved the development and launch of Rivers Creek Tech, to serve as a habitat to support Tech entrepreneurship and innovation.

On his part the Consul General of the United States of America in Nigeria, Mr. John Bray who said Entrepreneurs are the drivers of the economy disclosed that one of their priority goals is to support the Nigerian Economy.

Rivers State Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs.) Ipalibo Harry Banigo in a handshake with Consul General, United States of America, Mr. John Bray during the Conference of Emerging Entrepreneur on 10th April 2018. 

He expressed the hope that the programme would inspire, train and connect budding entrepreneurs, stressing that it would include training, lectures and networking session.

According to him people have the erroneous belief that entrepreneurs are born but research has proven that entrepreneurial skills are acquired through training, noting that the youths are key stake holders and assets to the country and the world.


The participating 120 emerging entrepreneurs were selected from the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Network members in Nigeria. The YALI Network in Nigeria has more than 150,000 registered members who have access to free online courses and events to enhance their skills and knowledge.




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