The Atiku Institute for Development (AID) has empowered 47 youths on managing and growing micro businesses to ease the financial difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Chief Executive Officer of AID Dr Audu Liman disclosed this Thursday during the North East small business seminar and Financial Intervention Support 2021 which was held in AUN-North Campus, Yola.
He explained that beneficiaries are small scale business owners who were given financial support of N10,000 each as a startup to support their little businesses.
He said AID decided to support small business owners because the bigger ones have resources and networks.
Dr Liman urged beneficiaries to make use of the resources given to them judiciously so as to uplift their standard of living.
The Director General, Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ADCCIMMA), Sani Merye Lelle, said they have plans for the youth to grow their businesses, adding that without the micro and small scale industries, no nation would develop.
He said the youths are the fundamental base for the economic development of the nation, urging them to add their base of the training to grow the economy of the country.
A beneficiary, Mrs. Kacha Kadala, who sells spices, said she has broadened her knowledge of the importance of a customer in a business.
Ahmed Umar Hamman who is also a beneficiary said he has learnt to be up and doing when doing business and also realised how to face the challenges of his business.
He commended AUN for the effort in encouraging and supporting small business owners to boost their businesses.