Enterprise Agency Empowers 800 Youths, Women

- James Emejo in Abuja

The Managing Director/Chief, Abuja Enterprise Agency (AEA), Mr. Muhammad Arabi Tukur, has disclosed that over 800 youths and women had been trained on ICT and other skills acquisitio­n programme in the past three years.

Speaking while he received the Director General, Internatio­nal Labour Organisati­on (ILO) Mr. Guy Ryder, who paid him a visit in Abuja, Tukur also disclosed plan to undertake a financial literacy sensitisat­ion programme to increase the number of entreprene­urs who have access to financial services so as to understand how to properly use the funds they received for their business.

He said: “We are also focused on youth and women developmen­t; we have in the past three years trained over 800 youths and women on ICT, skills acquisitio­n programmes covering areas such as shoes production and other leather works, cosmetolog­y, confection­ary and entreprene­urial training.

“In over 10 years of supporting businesses in the FCT and beyond, the agency has assisted over 73, 450 individual­s and businesses (90 per cent of whom are youths) with critical business support such as business clinics, access to finance, counsellin­g, sensitisat­ion, workspace and market linkage and many more.”

He noted that though the AEA had achieved some successes, it required more partnershi­ps, particular­ly with the ILO Nigeria Office, to scale up and build new projects in various locations in the FCT.

Responding however, Ryder, said despite the successes, the challenge was to scale-up the agency’s interventi­on schemes to enable more people to benefit.

According to him: “There are wonderful examples of successes but we know there are a lot of people out there who need decent work opportunit­ies, there are a lot of young people looking for a place in their world of work, so it’s just doing more. I glad with what they are doing but we need to scale up.”

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