23rd August, 2011
A five-day empowerment training and exhibition of products and ideas tagged One Family, One Product Or Service, commenced yesterday at the Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi (FIIRO) and will end on Friday.
The fourth edition of the programme, packaged by a media outfit, Beadyâ€™s Word Productions in collaboration with the Association of Micro Entrepreneurs of Nigeria (AMEN), is focused on empowering the youths in the society, training them on diverse productive areas as well as to give micro producers opportunity to network.
Diverse productive areas for training include cassava processing, maize processing, rabbit/snail rearing, biogas, cosmetics, toiletries, food processing, making guaranteed money on line, fashion, costumes, bead making and catering, among others.
According to the principal partner and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Beady Words Production, Ms. Beady Nnanna, â€œpoverty breeds corruption in Nigeria. Your conscience is caged when you are not empowered, but when you are empowered, your conscience is free and you have a lot to learn. We are doing this to free the society of crime, because an idle mind is the devilâ€™s workshop.â€
She revealed that the first three editions were done independently until AMEN decided to join in this yearâ€™s edition and therefore appealed to other organisations, individuals and corporate bodies to join in terms of sponsorship.
In his own contribution, the president, Association of Micro Entrepreneurs of Nigeria (AMEN), Prince Saviour Itche, said they joined the programme because they shared the same ideology, adding that the aim of the body is to ensure that Nigeria becomes one of the industrialised nations of the world through grassroots development.