In appreciation for excellence and dynamic participation of the Managing Director/CEO of the Abuja Enterprise Agency, the leadership of the Northern Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) visited the Agency to honor the CEO Arabi Muhammad Tukur with the decoration of the Sir Ahmadu Bello Platinum Leadership Award.

The president of the council, Isa Abubakar who led the delegation of the NYCN from the 19 Northern States and the FCT to decorate Arabi with the Award stated that the council is highly impressed with the youth inclusion in running the activities of the Agency, which is the reason for the commendable achievements of the Agency.

Abubakar termed on other government institutions to emulate the youth inclusion the AEA has exhibited to forge ahead stating that the Sardauna Platinum Award is not just an award given to anyone, but an award given to individuals who have distinguished themselves in nation building.

While receiving the delegation, Arabi thanked the council for finding him worthy of the Award and promised to work in partnership with the council to promote entrepreneurship among youths in the FCT and the Nation at large, as 90% of the programmes, activities and resources of the Agency is geared towards women and youth empowerment.

The CEO during his decoration as “GARKUWAN MATASAN AREWA/ICON OF NATION BUILDING” however dedicated the Award to the Management and entire staff of the Abuja Enterprise Agency, stating that without them no milestone can be achieved.

AEA to Host The First National Business Plan Competition

The Abuja Enterprise Agency (AEA) in collaboration with the Small & Medium Enterprise Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) and the Dubai Annual Investment Meeting (AIM) is set to host the first National Business Plan Competition (NBPC) in Abuja.

The competition is targeted at start ups whom have operated for 2-7 years, have less than 50 employees and have an annual revenue of $100,000 to $1,000,000 are among others the eligibility criteria.

The registration for the competition is on going and closes on the 5th of February, while the grand finale where shortlisted applicants will pitch their business ideas to the panelist will hold on the 12th of February at the Abuja Enterprise Agency.

The coordinator of the competition, Usman I Usman stated that the competition will build the capacity of start-ups to better utilize a wide array of investment opportunities both locally and internationally through building their capacity