First City Monument Bank (FCMB) has taken almost 1,000 members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Abuja, to a capacity building programme in demonstration of its commitment to the empowerment of youths, particularly, in entrepreneurship.
The programme, tagged: “Youth Entrepreneurship and Empowerment Programme,” was scripted, in partnership with Activate Success Foundation and provided a platform for the corps members to look inward, develop and deploy their business skills through practical trainings, facilitated by experts and successful business owners.
According to the bank, the programme will go a long way in empowering them with the requisite resources to start and grow successful businesses, during and after their service year, to become financially independent and contribute significantly to national development.The Executive Director, Retail Banking, FCMB, Olu Akanmu, said it is 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.
“FCMB Flexx account empowers Nigerian youths with the entrepreneurial and employability skills they need. Many youths set up their own businesses from their campuses.FCMB will be there with them to provide the necessary entrepreneurial and business skills they need to make great successes out of their businesses,” he said.
The Founder of 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”.Among the facilitators at the programme were a member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Desmond Elliot; Chief Executive Officer, Vodi Tailors, Seyi Adekunle; and Executive Director, YIAGA Africa, Samson Itodo, of the #NotTooYoungToRun fame. At the end of the programme the sum of N2.7 million was given as grant to some of the youth corpers with excellent business ideas to enable them start-up.