The Abuja Enterprise Agency (AEA) has facilitated the creation of 13,670 job opportunities and supported 4,761 businesses over the past five years.
Chudi Ugwuada-Ezirigwe, the Acting Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Agency, shared these figures during a press briefing held in Abuja. Additionally, he mentioned the establishment of 3,868 enterprises, the promotion of 9,557 entrepreneurship endeavors, the growth of 7,327 enterprises, and the enhancement of skills for 1,962 entrepreneurs within this timeframe.
Ugwuada-Ezirigwe highlighted that the AEA, established in 2005 as an intervention agency under the FCT Administration, was focused on job creation, wealth generation, and poverty alleviation. He emphasized the agency’s collaboration with the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development to foster a culture of performance.
He emphasized the agency’s dedication to serving individuals who can contribute significantly to the economy, acknowledging SMEs as pivotal drivers of economic growth. Stressing their commitment to rural empowerment across the Six Area Councils of the Federal Capital Territory, he emphasized the agency’s outreach programs and provision of services to over three thousand entrepreneurs.