Lagos: March 7, 2017: In line with its commitment to continually impact lives in communities, First City Monument Bank (FCMB) Women sponsored and graduated a batch of young secondary school leavers in a 3-month intensive skills acquisition and basic business management training programme to empower them with entrepreneurial and employability skills. The initiative was part of activities of the Bank to commemorate this year’s International Women’s Day with the theme, “Be Bold for Change”. According to a statement from the bank, the youth empowerment and employability training programme sponsored by FCMB Women was in collaboration with Jakin N.G.O, a highly renowned organisation, with an overall aim of solving some of the challenges faced by underprivileged youth.
Among other objectives of the empowerment programme was the desire to lay a solid and early foundation to change the fortunes of the youths who benefited from the ‘girl child’ empowerment project. The batch, made up of ten young secondary school leavers from rural communities in Lagos within the age range of 16 and 21 years, underwent training in computer application skills, business management and planning, book keeping, work ethics, time management, bead and soap making, among others.
Speaking on the initiative, the Divisional Head, Corporate Service of FCMB, Felicia Obozuwa said, FCMB Women are very passionate about empowering children, especially the less privileged to fulfil their dreams. This is our little way of helping to ensure that vulnerable girls who have just finished secondary school, are not idle, but given the basic training and exposure, required to give them a head start for a bright future. Executed through the Fresh Foundation program, “the initiative is run with the objective to empower youths with entrepreneurship and employability skills”, said Mrs. Bukky Adebiyi, the Founder of Jakin NGO.
One of the beneficiaries of the Fresh Foundation training programme, Miss Blessing Ogbansiegbe and the best graduating beneficiary who won in addition, a three-month internship with FCMB, thanked FCMB Women immensely for the opportunity she got to partake in the programme. “The training has awakened the giant in me. I have learnt so much about effective communication, improved my knowledge of time management, branding and advertising. I really appreciate FCMB Women for this opportunity given to us on a platter of gold. We sincerely thank the Bank and its partners, Jakin N.G.O”, the ex-student of Fazl-i-Omar Senior High School, Iwaya Lagos enthused. For Chioma Akintaiwo, who finished from Surulere Girls Secondary School, Lagos, it was a wonderful moment for her. She thanked the Bank for adding value to her life and other beneficiaries, adding that, ‘’this immense value would not be forgetten in a hurry for the impact and the foundation laid in us’’.
Over the years, FCMB Women, motivated by the corporate social responsibility ethos and ideals of First City Monument Bank, have renovated schools, built libraries, donated books, awarded scholarships to indigent students, raised business capital for widows, and donated care materials to orphanages across the federation.
First City Monument Bank (FCMB) is a member of FCMB Group Plc, which is one of the leading financial service institutions in Nigeria with subsidiaries that are market leaders in their respective segments. Having successfully transformed to a retail and commercial banking-led group, the Bank has continued to distinguish itself by delivering exceptional services, while enhancing the growth and achievement of the personal and business aspirations of its customers.