Heritage Bank offers N200m facility for graduate entrepreneurs, rewards NYSC member
As Part of its Commitment to Entrepreneurship and Youth Development, Heritage Bank Limited has packaged a N200million Naira loan facility for young graduates willing to advance their dreams in small-scale businesses.
The Bank also gave a cash prize to Miss Onwura Onyinye Chima for outstanding performance during the service year that won her the Lagos State NYSC Director’s Award.
Chima, 23, a graduate of Microbiology from Federal Polythecnic, Nekede was posted to Army Children School, Ojo, Lagos for her primary assignment.
Speaking on the development, the Lagos State NYSC Co-coordinator Cyril Akhanehme, said Chima was dedicated, hardworking and diligent.
The facility, according to the bank is a revolving soft loan, which comes with a financial, and management advisory to support National Youth Corps members who upon passing out demonstrate serious intentions of starting up small-scale businesses.
Speaking during the passing out parade of the Corps members at the Orientation Camp in Ipaja-Lagos, the bank’s Executive Director, Ola Olabinjo, who represented the Managing Director, congratulated the young graduands for a successful service year and commended the NYSC for its commitment to youth development.
“The country is facing huge challenges and you hold the key to solutions. As you venture out into the workforce or enterprise, you owe yourself and future generations to be the catalyst for change,”Olabinjo said.
According to him, the strategic thrust of Heritage Bank is hinged on the future, which translates into creating, preserving and transferring wealth across generations.
This, he explained, informed the setting up of a department for the youth by the bank.
Besides, he emphasised that the idea of the loan became necessary because small businesses form the engine of the economy. “With a business, you can bequeath a legacy that will outlive you.” he added.
Recently, the bank re-affirmed its business principle to empower more Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Nigeria.
Managing Director, Heritage Bank, Ifie Sekibo, stated that part of the bank’s commitment to empower SMEs was the launch of an SME Clinic that will be geared towards helping small businesses address challenges associated with setting up businesses as well as mitigating the effects of certain business decisions by such entrepreneurs.
Permanent Secretary, Inter-Governmental Relations, Dr. Ibironke Shodipe, who represented the Lagos State Deputy Governor, Oluranti Adebule, at the occasion, commended the Corp members for their service to their fatherland, stating that their role during the last general elections was quite exemplary. He also commended Heritage Bank for its initiative in honing the entrepreneurial skill of young graduates.
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