RHAB-YESS Foundation, registered under the Companies and Allied Matters Act 1990 of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as a not-for-profit and non-political organization, is the acronym for RT. HON. ANIEKAN BASSEY YOUTH ENTREPRENEURSHIP SUPPORT SCHEME FOUNDATION. It is the brainchild of Rt. Hon. Aniekan Etim Bassey, a philanthropist and a public servant who became an entrepreneur at the age of 17. The Foundation is aimed at discovering, mentoring and supporting young entrepreneurs (of Akwa Ibom origin) to financial greatness and self-sustainability, and also promotes the wellbeing of youths, children and women.
Rt. Hon. Aniekan Etim Bassey, born on the 30th day of August 1978, is a philanthropist and a native of Ekim Enen Village in Uruan Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State. He is the 12th Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly. He ventured into politics sometime in 2014 as an independent businessman. He is an alumnus of the University of Uyo, where he obtained a Degree in Chemistry and another one in Sociology and Anthropology. He has two Master Degrees in Social and Cultural Anthropology, and in Development Studies, from the same University. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate degree in the same University. He has three Certificates from Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts and one from Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia.
In RHAB-YESS Foundation, our focus and approach to young entrepreneurs and women are holistic through Capital Financing/Funding of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs); Skill empowerment of Artisans and educational support to indigent students.
This approach is hinged on the fact that MSMEs are responsible for significant employment and income generation opportunities across the world. MSMEs have been identified as key drivers of poverty alleviation and development.
In developing economies, MSMEs operated by women and young entrepreneurs are the backbones of the economy. However, these businesses depend more on an enabling business environment that allows access to finance, information and the markets.