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APWB proposes measures to address infrastructural gap

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Chairperson, APWB, Mercy Oluwatoyin Ojo

To address the nation’s infrastructural lapses, there is the need for coordinated efforts between public and private sector operators to drive the intensity of change for economic growth, the Association of Professional Women Bankers (APWB) has said.

The association argued that an emerging economy like Nigeria requires developmental changes to address economic woes for her to be at par with other developed countries.To address this, the professional women bankers said it has concluded plans to host its yearly corporate dinner aimed at identifying measures to solve economic challenges in the country.

The forum is slated for Friday, October 19, 2018 with the theme, ‘Funding Infrastructure Development in an Emerging Economy’.Speaking at a press conference in Lagos on Wednesday, Chairperson, 2018 Dinner Committee, Mrs. Funke Ladimeji, said the event is an avenue for the exchange of information and ideas among members on common problems and matters of mutual interest affecting the banking industry and other issues of national importance.She disclosed that the distinguished guest of honour will be Princess Abiodun Elegushi Adebajo while the Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer (CEO), FBN Quest Merchant Bank, Kayode Akinkugbe will be the keynote speaker alongside other delegation of speakers and special invitees.

She said the forum to bring together industry experts as well as stakeholders to proffer solutions to critical issues that affects the Nigerian economy, while it also tackles financial literacy among SMEs, positions entrepreneurs on path to growth for the Nigerian economy.

According to her, “this year’s dinner promises to be rewarding and will surely provide a great networking opportunity to members and mind opening strategies that can enhance business growth.”

In her remarks, Chairperson, APWB, Mercy Oluwatoyin Ojo, said the association seeks to explore ideas, gain knowledge and opportunities using the culture of integrity, transparency, accountability, high ethical value and professionalism to drive its course.As part of its corporate social responsibilities, Ojo said the association has carried out several mentorship programmes, seminars and career counselling in secondary schools across the state as a way of contributing its quota to the economic development of the nation.She noted that the association has also been engaging the general public on financial literacy, promoting financial inclusion among the banked and unbanked.

Her words: “At APWB, we have mentoring for growth programme, we have ambassadors for women who have made it in the industry, who share their experiences on how they could joggle work life balance for emulating the younger ones. We also encourage the young ones that they can build career in the banking sector.“We hold seminars, career counselling for secondary schools and do corporate social responsibility. We go to the market place; we teach financial intelligence to the women on how they can have successful business account without even having the professional qualification.”


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