|Skye Bank Plc. has reaffirmed its commitment to the Federal Government’s empowerment programme, Youth Enterprise With Innovation In Nigeria (YouWin) by continuously building the capacity of the awardees through seminars.Speaking at the second seminar series organized by the bank for the awardees in Lagos recently, the bank’s Executive Director, Retail Banking/South South Business Development, Mrs. Ibiye Ekong, said Skye Bank had always been with the YouWiN programme from inception and has been passionate about it.
She said the management of the bank valued the relationship it has with the programme and promised the readiness of the bank to do more in the area of economically empowering the youth, through financial and business advisory intervention thereby reducing unemployment in the country.
The ‘Batch B’ of the YouWiN scheme was designed primarily for female entrepreneurs across the country. Ekong described women as good managers of resources, saying a nation that educates its women would be free from backwardness.
She urged the grant recipients to ensure that they create 250,000 new jobs thereby justifying the essence of the scheme. That way, she said the unemployment situation in the country would be controlled and reduced.
Also speaking at the seminar, Deputy Project Manager, YouWiN, Mr. Akubo Adegbe, commended Skye Bank for organizing the seminar for the awardees, noting that the programme had been designed to assist budding entrepreneurs realise their dreams of owning their own businesses, provide job opportunities for the unemployed and impact the society positively.
Adegbe said YouWIN would continue to provide seed grant to business inclined youth so that they could be economically self-sufficient, help in creating jobs and contribute to the growth of the national economy.
The forum which was organized under Skye Bank’s Priority banking portfolio, saw the awardees being taken through the process of business management, financial planning, and other essential business survival tactics that will put them in good stead while managing their own businesses.