Ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon and welcome to another beautiful week! On #TheLeadershipShow this week, we shall be discussing the mandate of the Abuja Enterprise Agency towards the development of #SMEs in the #FCT and beyond.
As you know, the Abuja enterprise Agency (AEA) is the FCT’s vehicle for #wealthcreation, #employmentgeneration, #povertyeradication and #valueorientation with a mandate to facilitate business growth within the FCT and its environs. The Agency assists both new and existing entrepreneurs with access to finance opportunities, proper business planning and entrepreneurship development training in order to overcome business challenges and grow.
Apart from their regular business advisory, access to finance, policy advocacy, training and mentoring services, the Agency also implements a number of special projects, namely: Abuja Creative Enterprise Group (ACEG); Abuja SME Expo; FCT MSME One Stop Shop (FOSS); Entrepreneurial Club (EC); FCT Entrepreneurship Campaign and Merit Awards.
Between 2019 and 2023, the Abuja Enterprise Agency has plans to create over 240,000 jobs and to rescue about 500,000 young people and women out of #poverty. Therefore, to discuss this and more on the show this week is Mallam Shehu Abdulkadir, the Acting Managing Director and CEO of the Abuja Enterprise Agency (AEA).
As the acting MD, Mallam Shehu is committed in nurturing and stimulating growth of businesses in the FCT. In demonstration of this passion, he is creating opportunities for private organizations which are focused on youth and women empowerment to partner with the agency in achieving its mandate.
One of such organizations is the Ugwumba Center for Leadership Development in Africa, as witnessed during an MOU signing ceremony, few days ago.
Prior to his appointment as the Acting MD of the agency, Mr. Shehu once served as the agency’s Financial Manager. He has also served on the Board of other notable organizations such as the National Tourism Development Corporation; Halal Credit MFB; and as Special Adviser to the Honorable Minister of State, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investments (FMITI).
One good thing that has happened to young and women entrepreneurs in Nigeria is that with the partnership Ugwumba Leadership Center entered with the Abuja Enterprise Agency, youths and women from across the country can now benefit from the expert services of the Agency.
So, if you want to know more about these services and how you can benefit from them, endeavor to join us on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 by 12 noon WAT.
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