-By Gertrude Onyekachukwu-Uteh:
AUSTIN ATORI hails from Uvwie Local Government Area and is a graduate of Geology. He enrolled into the State Government’s Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP) in 2016/2017 cycle after four years of unemployment. He is resolute in his determination to succeed in the world of entrepreneurship not only in ICT, but as a Geologist. He shares his success story after five years.
“I appreciate the State Government for this opportunity to run and own my enterprise in ICT Services. The experience has been good, rewarding and encouraging. STEP gave me the leverage to of being an entrepreneur in the ICT sector.
“I have trained 13 persons. I have four direct staff and six indirect staff on my payroll. I have acquired more equipment and a plot of land. From the proceeds, I provide for my family and sponsor my Master’s degree programme in Environmental Geology.
“To enhance the growth of my business, I diversified into software design, writing of programmes and photography. I own a business centre for photocopying and typesetting. I have also diversified into sinking of boreholes, water supply, hygiene and sanitation services.