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Saturday, 21 August 2021 12:59 Written by
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AEA ENDS 2ND EDITION OF RURAL SKILLS ACQUISITION AND SENSITIZATION INITIATIVE

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Abuja Enterprise Agency (AEA) as part of its strategy of achieving its mandate to empower women and youths in the FCT by supporting the growth of Rural Enterprise recently held the grand finale that brought the 2nd edition of the Rural Skills Acquisition and Sensitization Initiative (RuSASI) to a close.
The Abuja Enterprise Agency (AEA) was established in 2006 as the FCT Administration's Vehicle for Entrepreneurial Development, Poverty Reduction and Wealth Creation with the mandate of accelerating business development in the FCT through designing and implementing projects, programmes and activities that would stimulate business growth; thereby creating employment and reducing poverty.

In his address at the event which was held at the Merit House Abuja, the Acting MD/CEO of the agency, Malam Shehu Abdulkadir, said that the  Rural Skills Acquisition and Sensitization Initiative was conceived during the peak of the COVID 19 pandemic in 2020, adding that it was designed to build the capacity of rural communities to produce basic sanitary items such as sanitizers, liquid soaps and antiseptics as a means of curbing the virus, while helping the beneficiaries become economically self-reliant.
He went on to state that the Agency had fine-tuned and upgraded the initiative by expanding the curriculum of the programme to keep to current trends and deepen its impact.
The RuSASI initiative was in partnership with the Better Life Programme for the African Rural Women (BLPARW).
In his appreciation to BLPARW, Abdulkadir said that they have continued to be a strong pillar of support for RuSASI.
"Better Life Programme for the African Rural Women (BLPARW) supported the first batch of RuSaSi trainees' additional grants to enhance their business. We are very proud of the work Better Life Programme is doing to empower women in Nigeria and Africa. We extend our appreciation for your support and commend your strides. Your support has enhanced RuSASI capacity to support more people and deepen its impact", Abdulkadir expressed.
The MD/CEO of AEA went on to say that the strategic and visionary partnership of Better Life Programme for the African Rural Women in the 2nd edition of RuSASI had facilitated the acquisition of Skills in sectors such as confectionary, Disinfectants, Organic Fertilizers and others. "We also built their entrepreneurial skills in areas such as Book Keeping and Saving Culture, Customer Relationship, Business Planning, Marketing and Sales amongst other modules so that they can effectively start and manage their businesses".
163 women and youths were trained in a period of 4 weeks across 4 Area Councils of AMAC, Kwali, Kuje and Abaji Area Councils, to enhance their capacity to initiate and sustain their business ventures.
The MD thanked the FCT Administration under the leadership of the Honourable Minister of the FCT, Mal. Muhammad Musa Bello and the Permanent Secretary Mr. Olusade Adesola for prioritizing the development of MSMEs and youth of the FCT.  He added that the Administration's support for AEA had ensured the implementation of porgrammes and projects which have made positive impacts on the residents of the FCT.
The Chairperson of the Better Life Programme for African Rural Women, Her Excellency, Hajia Aisha Babangida whose speech was delivered by the Programme Manager, Mr. Solomon Okonkwo, explained that the Better Life Programme which was founded by Her Excellency, Late Dr. Mrs. Maryam Babangida was envisioned to see an emergence of a well informed, economically and socio-politically empowered African woman, participating effectively in the process of national development and the promotion of family values.
The Programme Manager went on to say that the worldwide perception of small and micro businesses had reached noteworthy importance in the economic progress of a nation. He added that Small and Medium Enterprises had huge potentials which include employment generation, rural development, wealth creation, etc. but would remain buried and unprofitable if they are not enhanced through empowerment. He reiterated that it was an honour for the BLPARW to partner with the AEA on such a laudable initiative as the rural skills acquisition.
He called for an increase in the support of Small and Medium scale businesses, female entrepreneurs, rural community development and investment in the entrepreneurship value chain development.
The occasioned was graced by the Minister of State FCT, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, represented by the Permanent Secretary FCT, Mr. Olusade Adesola, Chairperson of Better Life Programme for African Women, Hajia Aisha Babangida, Political leaders, traditional rulers and other dignitaries.
Highpoint of the occasion was presentations of starter packs and take off grants to the participants of the training programme, who expressed delight at the opportunity to be empowered.

By  Ifeyinwa Amulu

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