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    FCMB Promotes Entrepreneurship Programme Among NYSC Members

    First City Monument Bank Limited has sponsored a capacity building programme for almost 1,000 members of the National Youth Service Corps in Abuja.
    The bank in a statement said this was part of its commitment towards the empowerment of youths in entrepreneurship.
    It added that the programme, tagged ‘Youth entrepreneurship and empowerment programme’, was in partnership with Activate Success Foundation.

    FCMB said the programme provided a platform for the corps members to look inward, develop and deploy their business skills through practical training facilitated by experts and successful business owners.
    According to the statement, the development will go a long way to empower them with the requisite resources to start and grow successful businesses during and after their service year, in order to become financially independent and contribute significantly to national development.

    The Executive Director, Retail Banking, FCMB, Mr Olu Akanmu, said the initiative was in line with the commitment of the bank to provide multiple opportunities that would inspire and enable youths to be actively engaged and eventually become successful business owners.
    According to him, the bank has shown so much to entrepreneurs using different platforms and programmes.
    Citing the FCMB Flexx account, Akanmu said it would empower Nigerian youths with the entrepreneurial and employability skills they needed to set up their businesses from their campuses.
    L-R: Member Lagos state House of Assembly, Hon Desmond Elliot;  Founder Activate Success Int'l foundation, Love Idoko; Head Youth Segment FCMB, Mr Michael Nwoseh

    L-R: Executive Director YIAGA, Mr. Samson Itodo; Member Lagos state House of Assembly, Desmond Elliot;  Founder Vodi, Love Idoko; CEO Vodi, Seyi Adekunle

    He said, “FCMB will be there with them to provide the necessary entrepreneurial and business skills they need to make great successes out of their businesses. We will also provide great support for the youth businesses and work with them to nurture and grow the youth entrepreneurial ventures.”
    The Founder, Activate Success Foundation, Love Idoko, said, “I have a penchant for motivating people. There are business-minded youths out there that are just looking for mentorship or business ideas as well as funds to start their businesses.

    “The purpose is not just to give grants, it is to also empower and motivate as many youths as possible”.
    According to the statement, N2.7m was given as grant at the end of the programme to some of the corps members with excellent business ideas to enable them start up.
    It said some of the facilitators at the programme were a member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon Desmond Elliot; Chief Executive Officer, Vodi Tailors, Mr Seyi Adekunle; and Executive Director, YIAGA Africa, Mr Samson Itodo.

    “FCMB has, over the years, developed various engagement programmes focused on empowering young Nigerians such as #FlexxYourCreativity, #FCMBFlexxtern and the Flexx Youth Entrepreneurship Masterclass. Through these initiatives, FCMB has given young entrepreneurs and students access to training, funding, mentorship, networking opportunities and jobs,” the statement added.

    It said the bank had continued to meet the overall financial and other socio-economic needs of young people from the age of 16 to 30 years.
    With a clear understanding of its market and environment, FCMB said it was well positioned to continuously create value by delivering exceptional services, while enhancing the growth and achievement of the personal and business aspirations of its customers.
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