This Day (Lagos)

25 February 2013

Nigeria: First Bank Unveils Youth Empowerment Programme

As part of efforts to empower youths in the country, First Bank of Nigeria has launched a programme known as the 'First Bank Youth Excel Series.'

Speaking at a media briefing in Lagos at the weekend, Head, Marketing and Corporate Communications, First Bank, Mrs. Folake Ani-Mumuney, explained that the initiative targeted at youths in federal institutions across the nation, would commence at University of Lagos tomorrow and University of Ibadan on Thursday.

According to Ani-Mumuney, the need to empower youths, build entrepreneurial spirit and tackle some of the challenges faced by youths in their pursuit of good education, research, development, motivated the bank to develop the series.

"The event which aims to inspire, motivate and encourage youths in spite of limitations and challenges will feature renowned motivational speaker and author, Willie Jolley.

"It will also feature exhibition of First Bank's products and services, job fair, musical performance, as well as competition," she added.

Ani-Mumuney also stressed that the financial institution views its interventions in youth empowerment as an integral part of its corporate social responsibility project.

"Our goal is to remain a strong supporter of efforts geared towards equipping the youths with skills and tools required for socio-economic empowerment through our youth engagement initiatives, endowment schemes and infrastructure development," said.

On her part, the Head, Human Capital and Development, First Bank, Mrs. Ayodele Jaiyesimi, noted that the initiative was essential, especially as the bank was focused on the development of human capital, within and outside the institution.

"At First Bank, our core values are woven around 'Passion, Partnership, and People,' and this is the reason we would continuously engage in value-adding partnerships for the benefits of our customers, staff and the entire populace.

"This is one of the several interventions of the bank to promote youth empowerment, and we encourage our undergraduates to take advantage of the event. In addition to our lined up activities for the day, we would be available to hold career discussions with participants at the event," Jaiyesimi added.

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