The Guardian (Nigeria)
Bank reiterates support for women- owned businesses
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.