Malam Shehu Abdulkadir, the Acting Managing Director, Abuja Enterprise Agency (AEA) has expressed the agency’s desire to entrench entrepreneurial skills in secondary schools within the FCT.
Abdulkadir gave the assurance at the inauguration of the agency’s Young Entrepreneurs Club (AYEC), formerly known as AEA Entrepreneurs Club (EC), on Wednesday in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that inauguration also feature a two-day training programme for 35 participants drawn from FCT Secondary Education Board (FCT SEB) and Public Secondary Schools in all the six area councils of the territory.
He said that the launching of the programme was part of efforts of the organisation to inculcate the spirit of entrepreneurship in young Nigerians particularly in the FCT.
He said the training was designed to ensure that school coordinators of AYEC were equipped with the necessary skills required to ensure smooth take off and operations of the AEA Young Entrepreneurs Club (AYEC) in 30 public schools selected as pilot in the first phase of the project.
Abdulkadir, who said that participants would act as coordinators for the club in their respective schools, charged them to be steadfast in their commitment toward the project as the seed of success lies in them.
He commended the participants for the commitment shown during the course of the training and urged them to make use of the acquired knowledge to impact on the students which in turn would actualise the success of the project.
He said the project would bring various participating “AEA Young Entrepreneurs Club (AYEC)” schools in the FCT together to run solution based projects on the challenges faced within their environment and the country at large.
“This project is not limited to innovative ideas but also viable businesses that already exist with a view of solving a problem in their immediate community.
“It will bring out creativity, innovation and unique business ideas, to promote social entrepreneurship in every school and to provide a platform to develop these ideas into profitable business ventures.
“The revamped project tagged: Social enterprise in my school’’ is another innovative strategy from the AEA Young Entrepreneur’s Club (AYEC) and will focus on different challenges faced in the community or country at large.
“This includes but is not limited to contemporary issues ranging from insecurity, COVID-19 Pandemic, and any other viable social enterprise.”
Speaking on behalf of the participants, Chilaka Alexandra appreciated the agency for its unrelenting efforts in showing great interest, dedication and commitment in the development of the adolescents of the FCT and beyond.
He assured the management of the agency of their commitment towards the success of the project.