FCT opens en­tre­pre­neur­ial com­plex

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Ben Atonko

The Federal Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory (FCT) Min­is­ter of State, Oloye Ola­jumoke Ak­in­jide, of­fi­cially opened the Abuja En­ter­prise Agency (AEA)’s en­tre­pre­neur­ial com­plex yes­ter­day.

The com­plex built on Plot 74 Sec­tor A, Jahi District, Abuja is the first of its kind in Nigeria.

The cen­tre is a place where fresh grad­u­ates, school leavers and women can be trained or as­sisted with needed cap­i­tal to start busi­ness.

AEA was es­tab­lished in 2005 to as­sist new and ex­ist­ing en­ter­prises to over­come ob­sta­cles to growth through ac­cess to fi­nance, proper busi­ness plan­ning and de­vel­op­ment of en­tre­pre­neur­ial skills.

Shortly be­fore cut­ting the tape to open of the five-floor ed­i­fice, the min­is­ter of state de­scribed the ed­i­fice as a phys­i­cal ex­pres­sion of the com­mit­ment of govern­ment to the re­al­iza­tion of en­tre­pre­neur­ial dream of the youth, women, fresh grad­u­ates and school leavers.

“It’s in­deed our be­lief that the con­struc­tion of the Abuja En­ter­prise Agency En­trepreneur­ship com­plex would pro­vide an en­abling en­vi­ron­ment for the re­al­i­sa­tion of our pro­gramme of en­trepreneur­ship de­vel­op­ment, eco­nomic safety nets as well as har­ness­ing the cre­ative po­ten­tials of our youths, women and the un­em­ployed,” the min­is­ter stated.

Ac­cord­ing to her, the FCT ad­min­is­tra­tion’s vo­ca­tional train­ing pro­gramme has made avail­able N200 mil­lion for mi­cro­cre­dit schemes to grad­u­ate trainees through the first FCT Mi­cro­fi­nance Bank in Kwali Area Coun­cil.

The Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of AEA, Aisha Abubakar, said the agency was look­ing for­ward to com­plet­ing the sec­ond phase of the build­ing, next year.

The Catholic Arch­bishop of Abuja, John Car­di­nal Onaiyekan, de­scribed the ini­tia­tive as a good one, adding it would help cur­tail youth un­em­poly­ment.

From left: Mr. Yom Badejo-Oku­sanya, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Evolve In­te­grated Ser­vices Mr. Tunde Ren­ner and Pres­i­dent, Pub­lic Re­la­tions Con­sul­tants As­so­ci­a­tion of Nigeria (PRCAN) Mr. Chido Nwakama, at the in­duc­tion cer­e­mony of the as­so­ci­a­tion in La­gos re­cently.

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