Abuja Enterprise Agency (AEA), the Federal Capital Territory Administration’s (FCTA’s) vehicle for Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) development, employment generation, wealth creation and poverty reduction, recently organised a 10 day training programme on Economic Empowerment for HIV Vulnerable Women and Girls.

The programme was an initiative of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) to commemorate the annual 16 Days Activism against Gender-Based Violence (GBV).

Abuja Enterprise Agency (AEA) was engaged as the training consultant by NACA to facilitate and implement the Economic Empowerment Training which included entrepreneurship training and skills acquisition for the HIV Vulnerable Women and Girls in the FCT in collaboration with the ILO and UNFPA.

About 52 beneficiaries were trained in entrepreneurship and skills acquisition which included production of confectionery, Body Essentials, Organic Farming &Food Processing. Other areas were production of Ankara fabrics, Tye and Dye, Kampala and Batik etc. Also business advisory, follow-ups and mentoring support services were given to the programme’s beneficiaries. 

According the Managing Director of AEA, Arabi Mohammed Tukur, “The programme is designed to build the capacity of the participants through the provision of entrepreneurship education and vocational skills”.  This he added is in order to increase their knowledge in requisite business management skills required to manage business enterprises profitably. 

“This training programme would also enhance the technical competence of the participants in identified special skills, as well as foster a culture of entrepreneurship amongst them and generally improve their economic well-being”, Arabi said. 

Other aims of the training were, to promote entrepreneurships and income generation through acquisition of skills among vulnerable women and girls in Nigeria, and to create awareness and sensitize Nigerians in Abuja and environs on violence against women and girls. 

In a remark, representative of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), stated that Nigeria bears a significant portion of the global HIV burden with a high incidence on the female gender.

This was followed by goodwill messages from representatives of key partnering Organizations from the International Labour Organization (ILO), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development (FMWASD), Association of Women with HIV and AIDS (ASHWAN) and Abuja Enterprise Agency (AEA).

By Ifeyinwa Amulu