Tuesday 25th July, 2017
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AEA targets over 10,000 jobs by 2020

AEA targets over 10,000 jobs by 2020

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.

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