Eti­salat gives 10 SMEs N20m to boost busi­ness

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - From Nahimah Ajikanle Nu­rudeen, La­gos

Ten out of the fifty Small and Medium Scale businesses that emerged as win­ners of the 2013 edi­tion of the Eti­salat Easy­busi­ness Mil­lion­aires Hunt have been given N20m to boost their businesses.

These 10 en­trepreneurs ad­judged to have ex­cep­tional busi­ness ideas won N2m each to help them ac­tu­alise their plans as well as a six-month men­tor­ship from the En­ter­prise De­vel­op­ment Cen­tre (EDC) of the Pan At­lantic Univer­sity to guide them in the course of busi­ness.

The top 10 lucky win­ners who were pre­sented the cheque at a riv­et­ing cli­max of the teclo’s Easy­busi­ness Mil­lion­aires Hunt ini­tia­tive at a grand event held at the Wheat­baker Ho­tel, Ikoyi, La­gos are Bosede Olani­hun, Oluway­omi Ojo, Ab­du­lazeez Ibrahim, Idon­ge­sit Umoh, Muham­mad Sal­isu Ab­dul­lahi, Nwachine­mere Emeka, Eberenna Nwan­joku, Opeyemi Ajayi, Joseph Eze, and Adesuwa Oju­mola.

Speak­ing at the event, Act­ing Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, Eti­salat Nigeria, Matthew Will­sher, said Eti­salat is pas­sion­ate at em­pow­er­ing SMEs.

This he dis­closed is why the com­pany re­mains com­mit­ted to the long-term de­vel­op­ment of grow­ing businesses in Nigeria.

He said, “Eti­salat re­mains com­mit­ted to in­vest­ments in small and grow­ing businesses in Nigeria be­cause the coun­try has a lot of young people join­ing the work­force ev­ery year and we at Eti­salat be­lieve that by help­ing to em­power SMEs, the gen­er­a­tion of more job op­por­tu­ni­ties can eas­ily be achieved. It is im­por­tant to us at Eti­salat that we do a good job but more than that, we as­pire to see our cus­tomers do a good job while us­ing our ser­vices as well. We aim to help these com­pa­nies grow just like we have grown over the last five years.”

Mean­while, the Di­rec­tor, Busi­ness Seg­ment, Eti­salat Nigeria, Lu­cas Dada, ex­plained that the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind the Eti­salat Easy­busi­ness Mil­lion­aires Hunt is to in­spire and em­power small busi­ness own­ers and help them grow.

Ac­cord­ing to him, Eti­salat is aware that there is al­ways a though time for ev­ery busi­ness that starts small but with ad­e­quate fi­nan­cial and men­tor­ship sup­ports their po­ten­tials of be­com­ing big can be achieved.

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