The publicity secretariat of the Akwa Ibom State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), yesterday, presented a total of N1 million to the first set of beneficiaries of its Umbrella Business Quest programme.
The party recognised and donated N500,000 to Mr. Eyo Akpan Umoh of Eyo’s Tailoring Works, as prize for the Business Icon Award.
Mr. Umoh won the award based on his consistency in his tailoring and fashion business for over a period of three decades.
According to Ini Ememobong, publicity secretary of the PDP, the diamond price winner, Matthew Cyril Akpan, went home with N250,000.
The party also gave Regina Francis Ita, the Gold winner, the sum of N150,000, and Silver prize winner, Edidiong Sunday Asuquo, a total of N100,000, while Dr. Ini Essien and Akan Okon, the state commissioner for finance, sponsored the consolation prizes of N50,000 each for participants who took part in the first day of the programme.
State chairman of the PDP, Mr. Paul Ekpo, congratulated the winners, even as he encouraged them to take their businesses seriously.
Mr Ememobong who was full of gratitude for the programme coordinators said he returned all glory to God Almighty for the huge successes that the first season of the programme recorded.
The Umbrella Business Quest is a 90-minute radio programme aired on Thursdays on Comfort 95.1 FM in Uyo, the state capital, and is sponsored by the state PDP publicity secretariat in honour of Governor Udom Emmanuel.
Mr. Ememobong said that the programme is an empowerment scheme christened Udom Emmanuel Business Support Scheme designed to reward persons who have outstanding business ideas with capital for startups.
He said prospective participants of the programme are usually required to present their business plans to interviewers, and those who meet the sponsor’s criteria are further chosen to participate in the live radio contest.
A social media post credited to the programme manager, Mr. Ubon Marcus, said participation is always open to all residents of Akwa Ibom State irrespective of their political affiliations, but added that participants must possess his/her Permanent Voter Card (PVC) before consideration is granted.