Sponsor of Akwa Ibom foremost youth entrepreneurship programme, the Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey Youth Entrepreneurship Support Scheme (RHAB-YESS), and Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey, has received ‘Speaker of the Year Award’ for his laudable contribution to enterprise development.
The award was presented to the Speaker by the Chief Executive Officer of Elite Exclusive Magazine, Mr. Mbuotidem Ubom, on Tuesday during the 4th Anniversary National Discourse/Award Night at the Golden Hall of Chelsea Hotel, Central Business District, Abuja.
Speaking, Mr. Ubom said the honour was based on the Speaker’s selfless service, keen interest and monumental strides in entrepreneurship and youth development through his pet project, the RHAB-YESS, adding “Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey emerged after a rigorous, diligent and credible selection process which included the online voting.”
In his response, Rt. Hon. Bassey, who is also Vice Chairman of the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria and Chairman of the South-South Speakers’ Forum, thanked the organizers for the honour done him.
Represented by the Member representing Ikono State Constituency and Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture, Hon. Asuquo Nana Udo, the Speaker said “RHAB-YESS, which is the reason for the award, is aimed at discovering, mentoring and supporting young Akwa Ibom entrepreneurs to financial greatness.”
According to him, the scheme has supported over 54 businesses, trained 28 artisans and given 383 special supports to persons across the 31 Local Government Areas of the state.
“There could be no better way to create job, create wealth, reduce unemployment, get the youth engaged, fight insecurity and chart a bright future for the youth than what RHAB-YESS is doing,” he stressed.
Other awardees at the included the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami; Member representing Ukanafun/Oruk Anam Federal Constituency, Elder Unyime Idem; the Vice Chancellor of University of Abuja, Professor Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah; the Paramount Ruler of Eket, Chief ECD Abia, among others.