FCTA Pledges To Support Local Entrepreneurs

By: Wisdom Acka

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has pledged to ameliorate challenges faced by local entrepreneurs in the FCT.

FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani-Aliyu, who made the promise over the weekend at an exhibition of made-in-Nigeria fashion goods in Abuja, stated that the Administration would provide the enabling environment for young producers of locally made goods to excel.

Represented by her Senior Special Assistant on Social Investment Programme, Chiwendu Eteyen-Amba, Dr. Aliyu said that the FCTA was impressed with the goods being produced by the entrepreneurs and would create an avenue to meet with each of them, even as she encouraged them to always work closely with the Administration to meet up with their needs.

In her words: “FCT Administration is impressed with what the entrepreneurs are doing, especially the young ones. But finishing is a major thing that they must take seriously.”

“Again, the amount on the product matters because the materials for production are sourced locally within communities, so we should try as much as possible to see that our business and products are affordable,” she added.

Earlier, organiser of the exhibition and Chief Executive Officer of Justwan Dezign Couture, Justina Wanda appealed to the FCT Administration and the Federal Government to help upcoming entrepreneurs to succeed.

She explained that the essence of the event was to show Nigerians and the international market that local entrepreneurs were capable of producing all kinds of products.

According to her, “We want the government to support us by providing some opportunities for us to be getting materials for production.”

“The exhibition is all about made- in-Nigeria products or brands in all forms. This also shows that local entrepreneurs can do it. We are telling the world that we are also good”, she assured.