Small Businesses: FCTA restates commitment to create enabling environment

By Hudu Yakubu, Abuja.

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Authority of the Nigerian Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, says it would not relent in providing the enabling environment for businesses to thrive in the Territory.

The FCT Permanent Secretary, Sir Christian Chinyeaka Ohaa, stated this while launching an online marketing platform, Kassuwa.com, in Abuja, Nigeria.

Ohaa said the administration has put in place various measures to empower small, micro and medium enterprises (SMEs), through the Abuja Enterprises Agency (AEA), the Abuja Investments Company Ltd (AICL) and the Abuja Markets Management Limited (AMML).

According to him, the platform would make operators in the informal sector more competitive and position them to take full advantage of various palliative and empowerment programmes of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, in line with recently announced policy of pulling 100 million Nigerians out of poverty over the next 10 years.

The Permanent Secretary therefore congratulated the AICL and the AMML on creating the platform to mobilize and mainstream the Abuja traders into global trend for business transaction.

Earlier, the AMML’s Managing Director and Chief executive officer, Abubakar Usman Faruk, explained that before now, most traders did not have online presence, because players in the industry did not focus on the small business owners.

Faruk hinted that the Kassuwa.com platform is unique in e-commerce environment because of the large scope of products available and the unbeatable prices.

According to him, the platform was envisioned to position hitherto ignored small business owner to become a global player and also to open up the e-commerce space, thereby expanding the buyers’ right to choose.

He added that it enables the advertisers and other key stakeholders to communicate, partner and network for economic growth.

Amaka E. Nliam