Sterling unveils ‘One Woman’ scheme for development
The One-Woman proposition by Sterling Bank Plc, designed to cater to the unique needs of women, has sponsored a seminar on Women Empowerment and National Development for the Women Group of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI).
The General Manager, Corporate Banking, Sterling Bank, Mrs. Mojisola Bakare, said the scheme offers value-added financial offerings to meet business and personal needs of women in Nigeria.
The proposition also fosters support by providing platforms for women to support other women.
Bakare, who also doubles as the chairperson of the Financial Group of the LCCI, said the offerings included Sterling Maternal Medical Finance (SMMF) available to women for peculiar medical treatments like fibroid.
Other features of the product are customized debit cards with a bold feminine touch that would provide cardholders access to discounts for spas, makeover services; and furniture/household items at select outlets and two percent discounts on interest rates for all existing retail loan products (personal loan, asset acquisition loan, MSME loans) for women.
Also included are Womenpreneurship, job shadowing schemes and capacity building programme for young women, internship opportunities with access to the MSME academy for free or at a discount.
Delivering the keynote address at the event, titled: “The Nigeria we want: Women Empowerment and National Development. The nexus of policies, laws and practice,” Deputy Minority Whip in the Senate and Former Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, Senator Abiodun Olujimi, encouraged women to continue to be shining examples in their various fields and take their future in their hands by being engaged in business or politics.
“We are part of the system and we should be carried along. Women should be recognised, women should be heard, women should be respected and given a voice. Without legislation, nothing can work. We need legislation to move the Nigerian girl forward. Women must be politically and financially included,” Olujimi said.