Recession: FCTA targets 10, 000 jobs
The FCT minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, has reinstated the commitment of his administration to improve the living standard of the residents of the territory by creating jobs and providing the enabling environment.
Bello made this known last week at the closing ceremony of the Entrepreneurship and Skills Development Programme organized by the FCT Administration in conjunction with the Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation, at the FCT Youth Development Center, Nyanya - Abuja.
The minister, who was represented at the occasion by the Managing Director of the Abuja Enterprise Agency, AEA, Arabi Mohammed, noted that in view of the present national economic realities, the importance of the program cannot be overemphasized, as it will create the next generation of business leaders; stressing that this can only be achieved by empowering the citizens with relevant vocational skills, which will ensure the path to gaining technical know how to operate their businesses and entrepreneurial skills.
According to him, “This training programme focuses on providing the youths of the FCT with skills that would enable them succeed in whatever business venture they intend to start. During the course of this training, I am aware that your facilitators have trained you the participants on vocational skills such as animal husbandry, poultry, paint making among others.
"As an Administration, our target is to create 10,000 jobs by the year 2020. In creating these jobs, we will support our people to generate wealth; thereby reducing the high rate of unemployment and miniminimizing the level of poverty in the Territory. This stand is also in line with one of the cardinal policies of the Government of our leader, President Muhammadu Buhari that is Job creation and Poverty reduction".
The minister maintained "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 create jobs and promote self-reliance by encouraging the starting of productive and sustainable micro, as well as small scale enterprises with capacity for expansion".
Bello while eulogizing the life of the late Sir Ahmadu Bello, the Sardauna of Sokoto and the first premier of Northern Nigeria whose legacies in touching the lives of his people still stand strong decades after his sad demise, appreciated the Foundation for making this training possible and showing great interest in developing the youths of the FCT.
"The late Premier was a man of great vision and action. He worked tirelessly to uplift the living standards of people without barriers. What we are celebrating today is one of the legacies left by Sir Ahmadu Bello", he stressed.
Earlier in his remarks, the Managing Director of the Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation, Dr. Shettima Aji - Ali, said the Foundation was 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 to promote the exemplary ideals and legacy of the late sage.