By Daniel Tyokua
The Abuja Enterprise Agency (AEA) has trained some rural women on the production of sanitizers, disinfectants,hand wash, liquid soaps and face masks in Bwari Area Council.
During the training at the weekend, the Agency’s Managing Director, Arabi Muhammad Tukur said the rural community holds the larger share of the economy of the country and must be trained on how best to protect themselves against COVID-19.
He explained that it is hard to raise huge capital to start business, thus the need to encourage startups to start small and support their growth through access to market as a major pillar of the Agency’s Rural Entrepreneurial Development Strategy remain the key.
In a statement issued by Ifeyinwa Amulu, Public Relations Officer said the training was to help them meet up with the economic challenges.
She said Agency’s renewed its commitment towards impacting on the lives of the rural entrepreneurs and its quest to support MSMEs, create jobs, generate income and improve the economic well-being amid COVID-19 in FCT Area Councils.
“AEA through the Federal Capital Territory Administration came with the Rural Skills Acquisition and Sensitization Initiative (RuSASI).
“The training with the theme “Samar da Dama” meaning Creating Opportunity, is a Two (2) days Skills Acquisition/Entrepreneurship Training for over Fifty (50) persons each from Gwagwalada and Bwari Area council on the Production of Hand sanitizers, disinfectants, hand wash and liquid soaps.
Arabi who was represented by the Deputy General Manager, Malam Shehu Abdulkadir, stated that the need for Rural Community development iginted the passion.
He said the initiative would lead to the Skills Acquisition Training bearing in mind that it will be a source of income to the people and uplift their wellbeing”.
Abdulkadir stated that at the end of the training, the Agency is going to give startup grants to each participant to enable them launch their business ventures.
One of the participants, Regina Enoch thanked AEA management for the opportunity provided.