Hand sanitizers, disinfectants, hand wash, liquid soaps and face masks are no doubt the utmost commodities that have been used since the spread of novel corona Virus in Nigeria and the world generally.

As part of the Agency’s renewed commitment towards impacting on the lives of the rural entrepreneurs and its quest to support MSMEs, create jobs, generate income and improve the economic well-being amidst COVID-19 in the Area Councils of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Abuja Enterprise Agency through the Federal Capital Territory Administration came with the Rural Skills Acquisition and Sensitization Initiative (RuSASI). The training with the theme “Samar da Dama” meaning Creating Opportunity, is a Two (2) days Skills Acquisition/Entrepreneurship Training for over Fifty (50) persons each from Gwagwalada and Bwari Area council on the Production of Hand sanitizers, disinfectants, hand wash and liquid soaps. 

The Managing Director/CEO, Abuja Enterprise Agency, Dr. Arabi Muhammad Tukur, in his opening remarks conveyed by the Deputy General Manager, Mallam Shehu Abdulkadir, stated that the need for rural community development can never be overemphasized as the rural community holds the larger share of the economy of the country. He further stated that it is hard to raise huge capital to start business, thus the need to encourage startups to start small and support their growth through access to market as a major pillar of the Agency’s Rural Entrepreneurial Development Strategy.

He further noted that “after the Mask up competition in the city, we at AEA thought of a project that suits the need of the Rural Community, which led to the Skills Acquisition Training bearing in mind that it will be a source of income to the people and uplift their wellbeing”.

He stated that at the end of the training, the Agency is going to give startup grants to each participant to enable them launch their business venture.

The MD/CEO further pleaded with the Council Chairman to off-take these products of the trainees and supply to schools and public places as the plans to reopen schools are being made, like in the case of the Mask up Abuja Completion where FCT Administration awarded a contract for the production of 50,000 face masks to be made by the top 20 participants of the Mask up Abuja Competition organized by the Agency.

The Special Adviser to the President on Community Engagement/Civic Intervention Mrs Onaolapo Olatoyosi while congratulating the participants, urged them to put in their commitment and concentration, as it is a rare opportunity to improve their income. She further urged them to pass the knowledge gained down to their various communities as it is often said that women are the lifeline of the society.

The Honorable Chairman of Gwagwalada Area Council, represented by the Supervisory Councilor for Education of the Council Mr. Hassan Loko thanked the Management for bringing such developmental opportunity to the people of Gwagwalada. He assured the AEA Management of support from the Area Council and mentioned that AEA is a partner in Progress and looks forward to more partnership and progressive collaboration.

Similarly the Agency trained over fifty (50) women in Bwari Area Council on the production of Hand Sanitizers, disinfectants, hand wash, soap making and basics of entrepreneurship. 

The training which took place in the Agency’s Liaison Office in Bwari was a 2days intensive session with series of theories and practical classes, the training will end with a Grand Finale ceremony were all the participants will be given grants and materials to start production.

Speaking during the opening ceremony of Bwari phase of the training, the representative of MD/CEO of the Agency Mallam Shehu Abdulkadir expressed his satisfaction on the turnout of the Participants stressing that importance of the training cannot be overemphasized, as it will create the next generation of business leaders by empowering them with relevant entrepreneurial skills.

Participants were drawn from different wards and Co-operatives within the Area Councils and are mostly women and youth.

Also speaking was the Chairman, Bwari Area Council Mr. John Shekwogaza Gabaya who thanked the Agency for the opportunity and for recognizing the importance of the Women of Bwari Area council.  

He urged the participants to be business leaders as the seed for success lies in them. He urged them to make good use of the opportunity at hand and also empower others with knowledge and skills they acquire. He ended his speech by expressing the Area council’s sincere appreciation to the Agency and the FCT Administration under the leadership of the Honorable Minister FCT, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello for making the event possible and showing great interest, dedication and commitment in the development of the youths of the FCT.

One of the participants Regina Enoch thanked the management for the opportunity provided. She expressed appreciation to AEA for the unrelenting efforts to improve the lives of the FCT residents and beyond, she further assured of their commitment towards the training.

IFEYINWA AMULU

PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER

ABUJA ENTERPRISE AGENCY