By Ben Adoga
The Abuja Enterprise Agency, AEA has within 10 years empowered over 73, 450 individuals and businesses as part of its contribution towards economic growth.
This disclosure was made Thursday by Dr Ramatu Tijani Aliyu, FCT minister of state during the induction and award ceremony of the Institute of Sales and Marketing Management of Nigeria.
She also revealed that 90 percent of the beneficiaries are women and youths with critical business support such as business clinics, access to finance, workspace, market linkage amongst others.
The minister also stated that the Federal Capital Territory Administration had identified the Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) as an important component in the nation’s stride towards economic growth and development.
The minister who was represented by the director Inspectorate, Planning and Monitoring, Area Councils Services Secretariat, Arc. Osuji Geoffrey, also assured that the Administration was leaving no stone unturned towards ensuring that MSMEs were not encumbered with business support challenges in the territory.
The minister further stressed, “The Agency has also supported 31,100 rural entrepreneurs in 160 communities with capacity building trainings, access to finance, provision of equipment and other critical areas. These are just some of the few achievements the Agency has attained over the years.”
Aliyu commended the institute for representing thousands of sales professionals from every sector of the economy, industry and commerce.
On his part, the President-in-Council Institute of Sales and Marketing Management of Nigeria, Alhaji Awulu Mutkari, said that, since the establishment of the institute by act of parliament in 2007, the institute had been active in its advisory role to government in policy formulation on trader matters.
Mutkari, who was represented by Prof. Yakubu Ochefu, also stated that apart from individuals, the institute has also been conducting in-house training for sales and marketing staff of corporate bodies who want to sharpen the skills of their employees to engage them in strategic revenue drive that would increase corporate earnings.
He, therefore, called on corporate bodies and other individuals to leverage the Abuja office to train or re-train their staff for professional efficiency, stressing that the unique training offered by the institute exposes students to rigorous educational and industrial on-field opportunities.