By: Tony Odey & Halima Farouk
The Acting Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Abuja Enterprise Agency (AEA), Mr. Chudi Ugwuada-Ezirigwe, has said that the Abuja Enterprise Agency (AEA) is at the moment undergoing reformation geared towards improved service delivery.
The Managing Director said that the management of the Agency is assiduously working in line with the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to improve on its services to the residents of the Federal Capital Territory.
The Managing Director made the gave this assurance Tuesday, at the opening ceremony of a two-week training programme facilitated by the German Agency for International Co-operation.
The training which is tagged: “Trainer Facilitator and Coach”, was held at the Agency’s Auditorium, Mabushi District, Abuja.
According to him, the ongoing reformation being carried out currently under his watch would not have been made possible without the pragmatic leadership approach and the enabling environment provided by the Minister of FCT, Barrister Ezenwo Nyesom Wike as well as the support of the Minister of State, FCT, Dr. Mariya Mahmoud.
Speaking further, Ugwuada-Ezirigwe explained that the repositioning became necessary in view of the Agency’s firm commitment to ensure it continues to deliver top notch professional entrepreneurial development services geared towards stimulating business growth in the nation’s capital city and beyond.
The Managing Director, who enjoined the participants to take the training exercise seriously in view of its immense importance, stressed the need for Staff to redouble their commitment and dedication as the Agency seeks new frontiers in a bid to expand its partnership outreach.
On his part, the Rector of Kaduna Business School, Dr. Dahiru Sani commended AEA for deepening the Territory’s entrepreneurship ecosystem; adding that the Agency has the capacity to make Abuja the Silicon Valley of Nigeria.
His words: “Entrepreneurship development is the only way out of the country’s unemployment and economic quagmire. So governments at all levels should support all efforts geared towards promoting Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).”
Earlier in her remarks, the Head of GIZ Component, Economic Education & Entrepreneurship, Ms. Olawaiye Oladoyin said the training has been structured in an engaging manner, considering its experiential nature, and acknowledged the positive contributions of AEA in bridging the challenges associated with access to finance by most SMEs.
The training which has in attendance, 23 Staff of the Agency, drawn from Human Resources, Corporate Services, Finance and Accounts, Enterprise Development Service, Social Enterprise and Inclusion, Partnership and Strategy and Credit and Enterprise Capital Departments, started on Monday,13th November, 2023 and it is expected to end on Monday, 23rd, November, 2023.