Fidelity Bank Plc says that its skill acquisition and empowerment program has trained over 3,000 undergraduates from various tertiary institutions on skills acquisition.
Managing Director/Chief Executive, Fidelity Bank, Nnamdi Okonkwo, disclosed at the closing ceremony of the Fidelity Youth Empowerment Academy (FYEA) held at the Sokoto State University (SSU) in Sokoto.
"The students were drawn from the five institutions that have benefitted from the bank's youth empowerment initiative that aims to teach vocational and entrepreneurship skills", he said.
Okonkwo, who was represented by the Head, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability, Fidelity Bank, Mr Chris Nnakwe admonished the youths to espouse entrepreneurship and improvise ways to create wealth for themselves instead of hunting for non-profitable paid jobs.
Nnakwe pointed out that the program is organised as part of the bank's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) intervention.
He stated that the program is established to empower undergraduate and encourage self-reliance and because of the motive, the bank has organized the program in various institutions of higher learning including the University of Nigeria, Nsukka; Waziri Umar Federal Polytechnic, Birnin-Kebbi; Federal Polytechnic Oko, Anambra State; Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt; Bayero University, Kano and Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.
Nnakwe said that through the Sokoto edition, the bank had developed broader knowledge of vocational training such as fashion designing, cloth embellishment, Cocktail, and phone engineering, among others.
"We in Fidelity Bank have targeted programs on education, environment, and youth empowerment. This one you are witnessing today is part of fulfilling our promises to the society," Nnakwe said.