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Bank partners EDC, Foundation to train 10,000 women entrepreneurs

By Kehinde Olatunji
13 August 2023   |   2:49 am
WEMA Bank has announced partnership with Enterprise Development Centre (EDC) of Pan-Atlantic University and Master Card Foundation to support and train 10,000 young women in various businesses and vocations with N500,000 seed funding. 

Lead, Workplace and Gender Banking, Wema Bank, Abiola Nejo (Left); Executive Director, Retail and Digital Business, Wema Bank, Tunde Mabawonku; Director, Enterprise Development Center, Nneka and Divisional Head, Retail, Wema Bank, Ayodele Olojede, at the Transforming Nigerian Youth Program Press Conference organized by Wema Bank in partnership with EDC and Mastercard Foundation held today at Wema Bank’s Head Office, Marina, Lagos.

Wema Bank has announced partnership with Enterprise Development Centre (EDC) of Pan-Atlantic University and Master Card Foundation to support and train 10,000 young women in various businesses and vocations with N500,000 seed funding.

This was disclosed at an event tagged: “Transforming Nigerian Youth Programme,” held at Wema Bank headquarters, Lagos.  Speaking, Wema Bank’s Executive Director, Retail and Digital Business, Tunde Mabawonku, described the event as a powerful collaboration that will positively impact lives, drive inclusivity, advance Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), foster legitimate job opportunities and catalyse change in lives and, enterprises.

He said: “With great pride, we embrace the role of architects in this initiative, igniting a spark that promises to set a journey of growth and progress into motion.”

On her part, Divisional Head of Retail and Small and Medium Enterprise (SME), Ayodele Olojede, said that the collaboration was poised to empower female customers by enhancing their skills, unleashing their potential, boosting employability, and ultimately equipping them to become successful entrepreneurs in their right.

“Through this alliance, 10,000 female business owners, who are valued customers of Wema Bank will receive complimentary training from seasoned professionals, courtesy of Pan-Atlantic University’s Enterprise Development Centre,” she said.

She added that Wema Bank has consistently championed an inclusive and rewarding banking experience for every of its customer. On her part, Director at EDC, Nneka Okekerau, said that the training cut across those who are entrepreneurs in creative, digital and agribusiness sectors, stressing that there was a need to change the mindset to get positive results.

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