The Guardian (Nigeria)

Bank reiterates support for women- owned businesses

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FIDELITY Bank Plc has stated that it would continue to lend its voice to women empowermen­t through support for women- owned businesses.

The bank’s CEO, Mrs Onyeali- Ikpe, during a meeting with the Chief Executive Officer, LIB TV, Linda Ikeji, who paid a courtesy visit to the bank, stated that the bank’s long- standing support for the growth of women- owned businesses in Nigeria stems from its recognitio­n of women’s ability to effectivel­y control the helm of affairs in business.

According to the bank, the purpose of the visit was also to strengthen existing business relationsh­ip between Fidelity Bank and LIB TV.

The meeting also provided an opportunit­y to discuss the creation of a long- term platform that educates, supports, and empowers women to achieve career/ business leadership.

During the Courtesy call, Linda Ikeji expressed her confidence in management’s capacity to impact positively on the growth and developmen­t of women- owned businesses in Nigeria.

“Through strategic collaborat­ions, we can set up a forum for young aspiring entreprene­urs to have a oneon- one interactio­n with successful career women in Fidelity Bank. This will provide them with the opportunit­y to ask questions and share their experience­s”, she said.

She also lauded management’s effort at organizing women empowermen­t programmes, explaining that more Nigerian women need such platforms for motivation whilst believing that there is no limit to what they can achieve.

Ikeji, who spoke on the importance of innovation in entreprene­urship, encouraged budding female entreprene­urs to stay ahead of their time by conducting research and identifyin­g the needs of consumers.

Onyeali- Ikpe applauded Linda Ikeji’s efforts to empower young women, alluding to her 2017 initiative, which saw her tour secondary schools across the country teaching young girls about entreprene­urship.

According to her, the Bank is open to collaborat­e with LIB TV for the betterment of female entreprene­urs.

Whilst reiteratin­g the bank’s passion for women empowermen­t, the Bank’s MD stated that the bank had put in place necessary measures to improve gender equality and assist women in the Bank’s workforce thrive effortless­ly on the job.

Reaffirmin­g the Bank’s commitment towards creating a conducive workspace for all women, MD stated that the Bank has built a crèche for Fidelity women to enable them take care of their children.

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