FCT opens entrepreneurial complex
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.