The CBN South-South Entrepreneurship Development Center (CBN SSEDC) in collaboration with Calabar Hospitality House celebrated 2016 World Entrepreneurship Day with Entrepreneurs’ Cocktail for CEOs, business owners, and government stakeholders.
It was a time of entrepreneurs brainstorming for solutions to the present economic clime; as well as networking. Delivering the opening remarks, the Managing Partner, Calabar Hospitality House, Mrs. Justina Ovat said the theme of this year’s celebration “Today’s Entrepreneur, Tomorrow’s Solution” was in line with the need for entrepreneurs to continuously seek out ways to solve problems they face in their entrepreneurship journey, as that will ensure a favorable business environment and the accompanying gains for the future. She stated that the reason why her organization collaborated with CBN SSEDC to celebrate this epoch event was because of the vote of confidence she has in the CBN SSEDC in successfully achieving their mandate of raising entrepreneurs. This she said, significantly contributes to transforming the region into an entrepreneurial hub; as such networking events such as these, will help in consolidating the gains and building new frontiers in the area of entrepreneurship.
The highlight of the night was the unveiling of Cross River Entrepreneurs Award World (CREW) by the CBN SSEDC Manager, Mr. Emeka Nnamani, who said the award is a symbol of honoring and recognizing impact, excellence, and achievement. He stated that CBN SSEDC will always support and honor enterprising people whose businesses have made a significant difference in the community. This according to him will encourage others to work hard with determination and creativity.
Goodwill Messages from Cross River State Government was delivered by Special Adviser to the Governor on Tourism Mr. Eric Anderson and Special Adviser to the Governor on Youth Affairs Prince Godswill Edwards. Mr. Eric who spoke first said that the Government of Sen. Ben Ayade, the Executive Governor of Cross River State is ensuring that the state becomes an investment delight for investment using tourism and other indices as a bait for attraction. On his part, Prince Godswill Edwards, said entrepreneurship is the solution for today and tomorrow in our economy and 70 percent of our businesses are youth driven, jobs are created for young people around the world through entrepreneurship, therefore, it is apt to celebrate this day and to make new commitment to create more sustainable jobs. He shared passionately on how he was able to eradicate poverty in his life as a young man through entrepreneurship when he started Eddyliz group – a youth-driven organization with branches in Calabar, Abuja, and Lagos. Finally, he said Cross River State is on her way to becoming the entrepreneurial hub of Nigeria.