The Minister of the Nigerian Federal Capital Territory (FCTA), Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello, says depending on government alone to tackle growing unemployment in the country may never yield the desired result.
The minister, who addressed participants at the on-going “Proudly Made-in-Nigeria Goods Expo,” in Abuja, while declaring this year’s Proudly Nigeria expo organized by an Abuja based Non Governmental Organisation (NGO), the Helpline Foundation for the Needy, with over 150 exhibitors.
Bello also said that the intervention of the private sector was needed. The Minister who was represented by the Managing Director, Abuja Enterprise Agency (AEA), Mr Tukur Arabi, also called on stakeholders to evolve innovative ways of creating jobs by deploying entrepreneurial skills that were in abundant in the country.
He further said that Abuja Enterprise Agency had been positioned to help entrepreneurs who meet relevant requirements to access financial and technical support that would boost their enterprise.
“It is no secret that government alone can no longer be relied upon as the major employer of labour. We are therefore obliged to be innovative and disciplined enough to embrace new channels of job creation and economic self-realisation.
“The private sector can be relied upon to turn around the fortunes of our country and I am happy that the FCT is at the vanguard of our national economic renaissance with the organisation of this fair,” he added.
He noted that it is no secret that the Nigerian economy needs to diversify and grow on much more larger scale than it is currently doing if we are to meet our ever growing needs orchestrated by a growing population.
According to him, what the Nigerian entrepreneur truly needs is a platform to showcase his goods and services and access to credit for growth and sustainability.
Bello hinted that his pleasure stems from the fact that Nigerians are actively increasingly exploring entrepreneurial possibilities embedded in promoting Nigerian produced goods and services.
Also speaking, FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, said the administration was working out some partnership with some organisations to establish business incubation centres across the territory.
“Nigerians are known as possessing an uncanny entrepreneurial spirit that has seen them succeed even on a global scale. We are also seeking partnerships towards establishing business incubation centres in the FCT,” she added.
Earlier in her welcome remarks, President/Founder of Helpline Foundation, Dr. Jumai Ahmadu, stated that the Expo focuses more on the informal sector and particular attention is given to the less privileged who have talents and innovations but lacked the where to showcase them.
Ahmadu, who is the convener, revealed that exhibitors were carefully selected, because of the organizers believe in quality and affordability: “since we are looking forward to Federal government collaboration through its relevant agencies by sourcing all the producers of quality goods who cannot afford to get a place of their own to a Centre where all the regulatory agencies will be there for quality assurance and viability of the products coming out of these Centres across the county“.