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AEA ups entrepreneurial and youth empowerment with Ugwumba Foundation

Sep, 2021 | By Salamatu Aminu and Asiya Sulaiman | ||

The Abuja Enterprise Agency (AEA) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Ugwumba Centre for Leadership Development in Africa (UCLDA), a non-political, non-discriminatory, non-profit impact investment organization. At the signing ceremony, both parties agreed to partner with the aim of facilitating entrepreneurship and leadership capacity building and development of women and youths in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and beyond by co-hosting relevant programmes, conferences and workshops.

The Acting Managing Director/CEO of Abuja Enterprise Agency, Mr. Shehu Abdulqadir, stated that the partnership will promote shared vision between both organizations and it will facilitate access to business start-up and expansion capital for young people and women entrepreneurs in the FCT and beyond. His words, “Today is a historic day for the AEA, having entered into partnership with the Ugwumba Centre for Leadership Development in Africa.

“It is our expectation that this MoU will lead to job creation, wealth creation and eradication of poverty in the country. “We are very optimistic that this partnership will lead to the realisation of the mandate of President Muhammadu Buhari administration to remove 100 million Nigerians out of poverty by 2030.” Speaking at the event, Ugwumba Uche Nwosu, President of the UCLDA said that the partnership will promote and facilitate skills acquisition initiatives for women and youths across the FCT and beyond.

“Basically in Ugwumba centre, what we do is to empower young people through leadership training and enterprise challenge to make sure that they don't stay at home waiting for white collar jobs after universities and even those of them who could not attend universities, we get small scale businesses for them”, he added. The event was attended by top management staff of the Agency and that of the Centre.

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