Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Heritage Bank Plc, Mr. Ifie Sekibo has identified “character” as the success factor for the 1,500 youths participating in the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) N3billion Youth Innovative Entrepreneurship Development Programme (YIEDP).
Speaking at the official flag off of the training programme of the first batch of beneficiaries of the youth empowerment programme initiated by the CBN with Heritage Bank Plc and the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) as partners, Sekibo advised the youths to adopt a strong positive character to enable them take advantage of the platform being presented to them.
The event, which took place at the NYSC Orientation Village, Kubwa, Abuja marks the beginning of an experiment in reducing graduate unemployment in the country by extending single-digit interest loans to enable qualified NYSC members and young graduates fulfill their dreams of becoming entrepreneurs.
Mr. Sekibo tasked the young beneficiaries, who through initial tests were selected from nearly 10,000 applicants, to remain focused and tenacious so as to be able to succeed. Said he:
“Today, you represent the first step into an experiment that if we succeed, we would be on a part of turning the economic tide of our great nation. But you have to bring your character to the table. If you do not bring your character to the table, this experiment will not succeed.”
“As I wish you well, I beg you in the name of God to bring your character to the table. You must develop a tenacious spirit, a can do spirit, a never say die spirit that can surmount all challenges. The effort we have undertaken today will amount to nothing if your character is not on the table. Every man, every leader worries about the character of the people he works with. If you are tenacious we will do the best we can to sponsor you to your highest dreams. Give us the opportunity to sponsor you to your highest dreams”
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Heritage Bank MD/CEO, IfieSekibo (c) in company of NYSC DG, Brig-Gen SuleKazaure welcoming the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele to the event, with the NYSC Skills Acquisition Director Mrs Theresa Anosike (l), and CBN Director, Development Finance, Dr. MudashiruOlaitan looking on.
R-L: MD/CEO Heritage Bank Plc, MrIfieSekibo; Central Bank Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele; NYSC Director General, Brig.-Gen. SuleKazaure; NYSC Director, Skills Acquisition, Barr. (Mrs) Theresa Anosike at the official flag-off of the N3bn CBN Youth Innovative Entrepreneurship Development Programme (YIEDP) in partnership with the NYSC and Heritage Bank Plc held at the NYSC Orientation Village, Kubwa, Abuja recently.
Cross-section of youth in attendance at the event
R-L : Heritage Bank Managing Director/CEO IfieSekibo; the Central Bank Governor Godwin Emefiele; Director-General of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig-Gen SuleKazaure and CBN Deputy Governor Adebayo AdekolaAdelabu at the official flag off of the N3billion Youth Innovative Entrepreneurship Development Programme (YIEDP) training for selected candidates at the NYSC Village, Kubwa, Abuja in which Heritage Bank is the pilot partner bank.