Youth Empowerment: Fidelity Bank, Gazelle Academy Partner To Train 200 Undergraduates In Sokoto
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Fidelity Bank Plc has in its quest to create a veritable platform for building an entrepreneurial spirit in the country’s teeming youths, expanded the scope of the Fidelity Youth Empowerment Academy (YEA) in a bid to accommodate new areas of vocational training.
On Monday, the bank in strategic partnership with Gazelle Academy commenced the seventh edition of the highly successful YEA at the Sokoto State University (SSU), Sokoto.
Apart from the typical training on tailoring and make-up, participants will also be provided with requisite skills and first-hand knowledge in Fashion Designing, Cloth Embellishment, Cocktail and Phone Engineering among others.
digitaltimesng.com understands that over 200 undergraduates of Sokoto State University (SSU) will benefit from this programme.
“So, why does the bank invest in young people? When the Fidelity Bank says, ‘turn your passion into a pay cheque,’ that’s a message of empowerment. As a bank, it recognises that the youth look at the world with fresh eyes and such lively determination, and create much-needed change by throwing convention out the window.
“That’s why the bank, through its laudable interventions, continues to develop innovative programmes that unleash the creative energies of Nigerian youths which in turn represents formidable new frontiers for sustainable national development,” says Fidelity Bank managing director, Nnamdi Okonkwo.
YEA is a skills acquisition, training and productivity improvement scheme targeted at youths, especially undergraduates in Nigeria’s higher institutions.
This empowerment programme, which is part of the Fidelity Bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives, is primarily targeted at creating a new breed of entrepreneurs amongst Nigeria’s boisterous youth population.
Investigations by digitaltimesng.com showed that over 3,000 students have benefited from YEA programs at University of Nigeria, Nsukka; Waziri Umar Federal Polytechnic, Birnin-Kebbi; Federal Polytechnic Oko, Anambra State; Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt; Bayero University, Kano and Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.
Some beneficiaries who have since started their own businesses were recognized at the event with Fidelity Bank also providing students with high-quality sewing machines, pressing irons and make-up kits to make sure that undergraduates utilise the skills and experiences garnered at the youth empowerment workshop to improve their lives before and after graduation.
Fidelity Bank has through this programme, succeeded in making entrepreneurs out of students who will be financially responsible and independent.
Through this programme, the Bank has earned a significant measure of goodwill with state and local governments that have in some cases translated to business relationships and have contributed to the Bank’s bottom line.
L-R: The Regional Operations Services Supervisor (ROSS) North-West 2, Fidelity Bank Plc, Shaba Mohammed; Branch Leader, Birnin Kebbi, Fidelity Bank Plc, Musa Isa; Head Recruitment, CSR & Sustainability, Fidelity Bank Plc, Chris Nnakwe; Commissioner of Youth & Sport Development, Sokoto State, Aminu Bala Bodinga; Founder/CEO, Gazelle Academy, Muna Onuzo; Regional Bank Head (RBH), North-West 2, Fidelity Bank Plc, Salihu Jibrin; and Branch Leader (BL), Sokoto, Fidelity Bank Plc, Bello Aliyu, at the opening ceremony of the Fidelity Youth Empowerment Programme (YEA 7) for undergraduates and other selected participants held at Sokoto State University, Sokoto State on Monday……..