Fi­delity Bank Trains 200 Rivers Var­sity Stu­dents on En­tre­pre­neur­ial Skills

THISDAY - - BUSINESS WORLD - Ernest Chinwo

Fi­delity Bank PLC has flagged off a five-day train­ing for 200 stu­dents of the Rivers State Univer­sity, Port Har­court, on en­tre­pre­neur­ial skills.

Tagged ‘The Fi­delity Youth Em­pow­er­ment Academy’, the bank is to train the stu­dents in enterprise and skill in part­ner­ship with Gazzelle Academy Vo­ca­tional Cen­tre at the Rivers State Univer­sity, Port Har­court.

Flag­ging off the train­ing pro­gramme yes­ter­day in Port Har­court, wife of Rivers State Gov­er­nor, Hon. Jus­tice Suzzette Nye­som-Wike, noted that the pro­gramme was com­ing at a time em­pha­sis on di­ver­si­fy­ing the econ­omy.

The gov­er­nor’s wife, who was rep­re­sented by the state Com­mis­sioner for Women Af­fairs, Mrs. Ukel Oyaghiri, stated that the coun­try was shift­ing em­pha­sis away from mere aca­demic qual­i­fi­ca­tion to skills.

She ad­vised the stu­dents to take the train­ing se­ri­ously so as to be­come em­ploy­ers of labour af­ter grad­u­at­ing.

“One week will not be enough to com­pletely learn new skills but if you ad­dress your minds and en­ergy to­wards that and put in ex­tra ef­fort and be cre­ative, then this is a life-chang­ing pro­gramme.

“This one-week train­ing can change your life and make you an em­ployer of labour, even while you are still in the univer­sity. You have come to change your destiny; use the op­por­tu­nity,” she men­tored.

She also thanked Fi­delity Bank and its part­ner, Gazelle Academy, for com­ing up with such project, which would make the youths self- em­ployed even be­fore grad­u­a­tion from school.

In his speech, ViceChan­cel­lor of Rivers State Univer­sity, Pro­fes­sor Bless­ing Didia, said gone were the days when stu­dents grad­u­ated from the univer­sity and re­lied solely on seek­ing for em­ploy­ment.

He said the in­sti­tu­tion has al­ready di­rected for the con­struc­tion of a cen­tre for en­trepreneur­ship de­vel­op­ment to pre­pare the stu­dents on how to use their tal­ents.

Didia en­cour­aged Nige­rian youths to learn trades be­fore they grad­u­ate from higher in­sti­tu­tions, say­ing with such skills, they be­come em­ploy­ers of labour im­me­di­ately af­ter grad­u­a­tion.

Ear­lier in her ad­dress, the Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Fi­delity Bank, Nnamdi Okonkwo, said that the bank, in part­ner­ship with Gazelle Academy, has al­ready trained more than 1,000 youths in enterprise skills in three high in­sti­tu­tions across the coun­try.

Okonkwo, who was rep­re­sented by the Re­gional Head, Rivers and Bayelsa States, Mrs. Eve­lyn Kanu, said the ben­e­fi­cia­ries were from the Univer­sity of Nige­ria, Nsukka; Fed­eral Polytech­nic, Gombe; and Fed­eral Polytech­nic, Oko, Anam­bra State.

He said the train­ing pro­gramme was part of the bank’s way of im­pact­ing the so­ci­ety, and urged the stu­dents to take the train­ing se­ri­ously. “This is our own way of im­pact­ing so­ci­ety: to add to the youth’s ed­u­ca­tion; to em­power the youths with skills that will help them earn money ir­re­spec­tive of their cour­ses of study,” Okonkwo said.

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