The Abuja Enterprise Agency (AEA) has revealed that it is targeting to ensure the creation of, at least, 10,000 solid jobs between this year and 2020.
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the agency, Arabi Mohammed Tukur disclosed this while briefing journalists on mid-term achievements of the organization in Abuja last week.
“The Abuja Enterprise Agency is committed to delivering the mandate of job creation, wealth generation and the reduction of poverty in the FCT. With the support being received from the FCT Administration, our target of creating 10,000 jobs and the reduction of unemployment rate to a single digit status by year 2020 is achievable in the FCT.”
He said his agency has recorded some achievements, including the provision of business advisory, capacity building, business promotions, access to finance, consultancy and other critical services to businesses in the FCT.
Tukur also revealed that the AEA has supported a total of 12,539 individuals and entrepreneurs” through various business activities, using more than two billion naira between May 2015 to May 2017.
According to him, AEA’s direct disbursements alone stood at N2 billion, while it provided training services to 2,742 individuals and businesses; reached out to 9536 households across the territory; conducted business growth programmes for 7396 businesses and provided business advisory services to 882.
Through its rural community development programme, Tukur noted that the agency’s One - Village - One - Product (OVOP) programme in Rimba and Nuku communities has resulted into the production of Shea butter by about 106 women, which the FCTA is working with the EU towards up scaling from it from B+ to A + grading to qualify for export as he revealed that a company in the UK was anxiously waiting for completion of the up scaling to commence transaction to use the product.
Another OVOP programme in Chikuku, Kwali Area Council which focuses on cassava value chain processing has been provided with a 24-ton gari processing centre and provided over 100 farmers with entrepreneurial training and counselling to boost their economic standing.