By Stanley Onyekwere
In order to boost visibility for entrepreneurs, Abuja Enterprise Agency (AEA) in collaboration with its partners has set up an enterprise social communication platform for Small and Medium Scale entrepreneurs to network.
Peoples Daily reports that the social platform tagged: ‘Gidigba’ allows entrepreneurs to set up profiles, Upload photos, link videos and connect with other business peers, investors, mentors, facilitators, as well as grant-giving organizations and share document amongst others.
According to the Managing Director of the Agency, Hajiya Aisha Abubakar, with the social platform entrepreneurs now have a choice to step out from isolation and boost their visibility.
Addressing entrepreneurs at a recent business clinic in Abuja, the MD added that the opportunity could serve as a reliable platform that could enable entrepreneurs integrate, share skills and resources and would also serve as a catalyst to propel them to look above demand and assist each other capture markets beyond the shores of Africa.
Stressing that the mandate of the AEA was to “engender business growth and enterprise promotion, focusing on production and distribution of goods and services,” Abubakar noted that because the world has become a global village, Nigeria can no longer continue to rely only on ooil as it’s source of income.”
In her good will message, Special Adviser to the President on Job Creation, Mrs. Josephine Washima noted that the empowerment drive of President Goodluck Jonathan was not only about paper qualification, but improving access to various services, including job opportunities and interacting with those in the labour sector.
According to her, job creation for the citzens, especially women and youth was close to the President’s heart; and that he has provided several incentives to encourage them to come, as it is only when they know about such opportunities that they could be gainfully employed.
On his part, the founder of Gidigba social network service, Mr. Efosa Idemudia, who also spoke to at event, urged entrepreneurs to log unto:www.gidigba.com, where they could share skills and resources, reiterating that the Information Internet Technology firm has put all necessary measures in place to guarantee security of investments.
He however advised visitors on the site to always start by building relations into trusts before indulging in substantial business transactions, noting that constraints faced by entrepreneurs in the society include lack of access to market, infrastructure, finance, technology and information.
Peoples Daily reports that other organizations in the partnership with the AEA include Diamond bank, Bank of Industry(BOI), monogrammers, as well as Small and Medium Enterprise Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN).