Fidelity Bank Plc in strategic partnership with Gazelle Academy and Waziri Umaru Federal Polytechnic, Birnin Kebbi has empowered 500 Nigerians with entrepreneurial skills.
The programme, which is part of the Bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives, is strategically aimed at equipping Nigerian youths with skills and capabilities needed to take advantage of available opportunities to drive socio-economic development.
Speaking at the launch of the youth empowerment programme held in Kebbi State, Nnamdi Okonkwo, the Bank’s Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, explained that the programme seeks to empower the Polytechnic community by creating a new generation of business owners amongst students.
Okonkwo who was represented by Abdulrahman Ibrahim, Branch Leader, Sokoto Strategic Business Unit (SBU), Fidelity Bank Plc, said that the programme was strategically designed to promote Micro Small Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) growth by encouraging students from tertiary institution to become self-reliant in different aspects of entrepreneurship. Ibrahim further explained that students will receive requisite training in various stages by the consultants throughout the duration of the exercise.
He said that the students will be trained on Fish Farming, Tailoring, Stoning, Makeup and Bread Making, further explaining that the exercise provided students with knowledge and first-hand experience on the above-mentioned vocational skills.
According to him, the skills acquisition programme was the first of its kind to be organised by the financial institution in the Northern part of the country.
Also, the maiden edition of the programme which held at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), Enugu State, was highly commended especially by students who participated in the week-long programme.
Specifically, the participants will receive start-up packs and will also be privileged to access funding for their businesses through Fidelity Bank.