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AEA PLANS TO SET UP DIGITAL ACADEMY IN FCT As Ag.MD Says Academy will boost SMEs digital capacity

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By: Tony Odey and Halima Farouk

 

In a bid to boost the capacity of Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs), in the nation’s capital city and beyond, the Management of Abuja Enterprise Agency (AEA), has hinted of its intention to establish a state-of the-art Digital Academy in no distant time.

The acting Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of AEA, Mr. Chudi Ugwuada-Ezirigwe made the disclosure while briefing FCT Minister’s Press Corps on its activities and future projections during the end of the year media parley; held on Thursday,16th November,2023; in the Agency’s Board Room; in Jahi, Abuja.

According to the acting CEO, the Centre which is expected to serve as a centralize hub for SMEs, would in addition deepen SMEs business activities as well as open new market opportunities.

Mr. Ezirigwe also hinted that aside the establishment of a Digital Academy, plan is underway to set up a world-class Automobile Service Centre and Pantaka Enterprise Incubation Hub, in a bid to give young people the platform to put their potentials to productive use. While stressing that the overall objective is to make Abuja stand out as the leading city for entrepreneurial development in Nigeria.

He further remarked that the Agency is also working assiduously to support the growth of 150,000 MSMEs, expand the provision of business development services to cover 50,000 MSMEs, strengthen the entrepreneurial eco-system synergy coordination as well as positioning FCT as a clean energy city.

Dwelling extensively on the achievements of the Organization within the period under review, the AEA boss outlined few key milestones to include: financing of 4,761 businesses, sensitization and promotion of entrepreneurship to 9,557 people, provision of business support services to 3,691 rural entrepreneurs in the six Area Councils of FCT,fostered dialogue and interactive sessions between MSMEs and Regulatory Organizations, engagement with the community and rehabilitation of Cassava Processing Centre in Chikuku in Kwali Area Council and revitalization of Shea Butter Project Concept in Abaji Area Council.

In the area of corporate  partnership, the acting MD,acknowledged European Union as a formidable partner for supporting the Agency in the growth of SMEs;KOICA and JICA for building staff capacity, Corporate Affairs  Commission(CAC) ,for business registration and incorporation facilitation, as well as SMEDAN for midwifing business funding and NIDTA for information technology  training for the staff of the Agency, amongst others.

Mr.Ezirigwe used the occasion to  pledge the support of the Management and Staff of Abuja Enterprise Agency to the Honourable Minister of FCT,Barrister Nyesom Wike and the Honourable Minister of State,FCT,Hajiya Mariya Momoud in their  efforts to provide enduring infrastructure in the nation’s capital city of Abuja in line with the Renewed Hope Agenda of His Excellency, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.  

 

 

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