commitment to build
the next generation of
sustainable Nigerian
businesses, Fidelity Bank
Plc, top Nigerian lender
in strategic partnership
with Empretec Nigerian
Foundation has just
concluded a graduate
entrepreneurship training
programme for 200 youths
in Cross River State.
This initiative is part of
the next phase of the Bank’s
entrepreneurship support
interventions for State
governments and Micro
Small Medium Enterprises
The Bank Managed
SME Division through its
Youth Entrepreneurship
team has put in place a
programme for identifying
and building young and
budding entrepreneurs who
will become tomorrows’ big
SME customers.
Organised under the
auspices of the United
Nations Conference on
Trade and Development
(UNCTAD), the weeklong
training programme
was designed strategically
to provide vivid insights
into the theoretical and
foundational knowledge
required to manage
sustainable businesses.
Speaking at the opening
ceremony of the graduate
e n t r e p r e n e u r s h i p
programme held in Calabar,
Cross River State, the
Bank’s CEO, Mr. Nnamdi
Okonkwo said that the
programme is aimed
strategically at helping
young entrepreneurs build
capacity needed to own
and manage successful
Okonkwo who was
represented by the Bank’s
Group Head, Specialised
SMEs, Mr. Ndubuisi
Onuoha said, “The idea is
to inculcate in youths the
entrepreneurship spirit that
will enable them establish
on their own and eventually
become employers of labour
instead of roaming about
the streets looking for white
collar jobs that do not exist.”
Onuoha advised
participants to remain
focused and take advantage
of the knowledge and skills
provided by the workshop
to live out their dream
of becoming successful
Speaking in the same vein,
the Founder of Empretec
and wife of former Governor
of Cross River State, Mrs.
Onari Duke, enjoined the
beneficiaries to put to good
use the knowledge and skills
acquired to internalize and
maximize the opportunities
being offered by the federal
and state governments.
Duke applauded the
relentless effort of Fidelity
Bank particularly with
regards to empowering
entrepreneurs in the
country. She also urged
other Private sector
organisations and corporate
bodies to borrow a leaf from
us, adding that they should
support government’s effort
to grow the Micro Small
Medium Enterprise MSME
landscape particularly in
the area of funding.
A flagship capacitybuilding
programme of the
United Nations Conference
on Trade and Development
UNCTAD, Empretec
is aimed at promoting
entrepreneurship and
Micro, Small and Medium
Enterprises MSMEs with
a view to facilitating
sustainable development
and inclusive growth.
Present at the opening
ceremony of the Empretec
training workshop were
for Trade and commerce,
Ignatius Atsu; Director
General Microfinance and
Enterprise Development
Agency (MEDA); and
Catherine Ogim, Senior
Special Adviser to the
Governor on Microfinance
and Enterprise Projects.

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