As part of effort to reduce the rising trend of unemployment in the country, Sterling Bank Plc is set to support youths who are poised to develop their entrepreneurship skills and become employers of labour.
Mr. Shina Atilola, the Group Head, Strategy & Communications who represented the Chief Financial Officer of the Bank, Mr. Abubakar Suleiman at the 2014 ‘Get Ready for Work’ Concert organized by the Bank at Ibadan explained that such support will be in terms of soft loans and grants.
Mr. Atilola noted that with the alarming increase in unemployment rate in the country, “our youths must begin to change their mindset about being employed in the banking, oil or telecommunications sectors and now begin to think of how they will become self-employed and even employers of labour thereby contributing meaningfully to the economic growth of the country.
Also, the various speakers at the event charged Nigerian youths to begin to see themselves as world changers and make necessary impact in their environment.
Speakers at the event which took place at Are Lanre Kakanfo Inn, Ibadan include Mrs. Ronke Olubanjo, the Managing Director of DGV Academy, Ibadan; Mrs.
Iyaduni Olubode, Executive Director, LEAP Africa; Mr. Muyiwa Afolabi of Frontiers International Services;
Mr. Obinna Ekezie of Wakanow.com and Mr. Awoyemi Opeyemi of Jobberman. Over 2000 youths attended the Concert.
Speaking on ‘How to Be Your Own Boss,’ Mrs. Olubanjo urged youths in the country to change their mindset about searching endlessly for white collar jobs after graduation but rather look for opportunities around them, acquire specialized skills and make the best out of it.