By Ben Agande and Grace Udofia
The Minister of Federal Capital Territory(FCT), Mallam Muhammed Musa Bello has said that his administration plans to create 10,000 jobs by 2020 through training and empowerment of women and youths in the territory.
He said this during the closing ceremony of the entrepreneurship and skills development programme organized by Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation (SABMF) where over hundred women and youths graduated having undergone training in vocational skills such as Animal Husbandry, Poultry, Paint making etc, in addition to entrepreneurial skills such as Business Management, Financial Management and other critical areas.
The Minister who was represented by Mr Arabi Muhammad Tukur Managing Director Abuja Enterprise Agency said in order to achieve this, all stakeholders must join hands with government to make it succeed.
“As the training comes to an end, we hope to see participants create new enterprises, jobs and generate wealth”.
“To achieve this, we require all the stakeholders here to join hands in supporting the participant who successfully completed this program.We call on relevant stakeholders particularly those domiciled in the FCT Administration to support these young men and women by facilitating access to Workspace, Finance and Mentorship program”.
“Let me reiterate the commitment of the FCT Administration in continuing to support initiatives like this that would provide development to residents of the FCT. As an Administration, we will not rest on our oars in all effort to improve the living standards of the residents of the FCT by creating jobs”.
“Our target is to create 10,000 jobs by 2020. In creating these jobs, we will support our people to generate wealth; thereby reducing the high rate of unemployment and minimizing the level of poverty in the territory. This stand is also in line with one of the cardinal policies of the Government of President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, the President and commander- in-chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria that is Job creation and Poverty reduction”.
“Let me strongly implore you our dear participants to be committed to whatever endeavour you decide to venture into. The potentials for success lies in you; therefore, be the business leaders of tomorrow by imbibing the three critical tips to becoming successful Entrepreneurs; “be innovative, be creative and lead with integrity”. Follow these 3 tips and you would accelerate your rise in the business world”.
In the same vein the chairman board of trustee of SABMF Dr Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu at the programme highlighted the focal areas of the foundation established in 2009 by friends, relations, associates and well-wishers of Sir Ahmadu Bello, the late premier of the defunct Northern Region and Sardauna of Sokoto in collaboration with governments of the 19 northern states of Nigeria as Leadership and Good Governance, Healt Agriculture, Entrepreneurship, Education, Peace and Security.
“The special intervention programme we are witnessing today was designed to develop the capacities of women and youth on entrepreneurship and production skills in various trades to creates jobs and promote self-reliance by encouraging the starting of productive and sustainable micro, as well as well enterprises with capacity for expansion”.
Some of the beneficiaries who spoke to vanguard expressed their gratitude to the foundation for creating such an opportunity for them.
Bashir Yahaya Maikas said “I been jobless since i graduated from the university in 2009, but having been trained to make shoes here i am ready to be self employed and I will apply the things they have thought me to help mange by business”.