The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has reiterated the need to mitigate poverty through widening the scope of sustainable economic activities especially among youth in the nation’s capital city.
Bello particularly assured that the
FCT Administration will continue to implement policies and programmes that will improve employment through training and empowerment of youth and women, thereby exposing them to multiple streams of income in the Territory.
Speaking recently at a graduation ceremony of twenty eight trainees on carpentry skills, cabinetry and furniture making facilitated by the Abuja Enterprise Agency (AEA), Bello, who was represented by FCT Education Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Bala Liman said the administration has been promoting the activities of training and empowering the Youth to reduce unemployment in the FCT.
The Minister opines that “although the issue of poverty is complex, as it is multidimensional but AEA is trying to ensure that those youth that do not have jobs get something to do.
“And once they set up their businesses, they will begin to employ more people, and fewer people will be on the unemployment scale, that means poverty will be gradually reduced.
“Tackling poverty is such a huge and herculean task, and it’s not something that the FCTA can do in one or two years. It is a process whereby you put down policies and programmes, to ensure that in the long term poverty is drastically reduced.
“That’s why AEA as the flagship of the FCT Administration has always been receiving total support from the FCTA in trying to develop the youth in FCT.”
Earlier in his address, the Managing Director / Chief Executive Officer of Abuja Enterprise Agency (AEA), Mallam Arabi Muhammed Tukur called all stakeholders in MSME Sub-Sector to join hands with Abuja Enterprise Agency to support new and upcoming Entrepreneurs as it is an herculean task that the Agency alone cannot successfully deliver without the Stakeholders in the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises sub sector. He said that it is the hope of the Agency to see the new Carpentry Trainees create new enterprises, jobs and generate wealth in the FCT.
“I therefore, urge all relevant Stakeholders here and in the outer spheres to join hands with the Abuja Enterprise Agency in supporting the graduating Trainees who successfully completed this program today and indeed many more that the Agency is prepared to turn out”. He advised.
He expressed sincere appreciation to the FCT Administration under the leadership of the Honourable Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello for making this training possible and showing great interest in developing the youths of the FCT. “This Administration has fully sponsored all the trainings that the Agency conducted in 2018 which cut across various skills. The result of this tremendous support is the training and empowerment of 2,216 young men and women from all the 6 Area Councils in the FCT.
Carpenter Agbo Godwin Ochigbo, a graduate of Political Science from Benue State University thanked Abuja Enterprise Agency, Dazzle Carpentry Limited and The Federal Capital Territory Administration for the opportunity to learn. “I discovered that the training opened up my mind to think creatively. Aside from being a graduate, who was looking for a white-collar job, learning this skill has given me an option to help myself and think of what I can do creatively. With the skill I have learnt, I can start-up a business and start earning some money for myself”. Ochigbo said.