As Heritage Bank blazes the trail for other financial institutions within the banking industry in Nigeria regardless of myriads of challenges, one thing that has also distinguished this bank is the passion to see young Nigerians, who are without doubt are the future leaders of this great Nation grow and be self-reliant. This has led to its introduction of series of empowerment programmes for the young people in Nigeria.
Early last year, Heritage Bank in conjunction with CBN launched an innovative platform, Youth Innovative Entrepreneurship Development Programme that would enable an average graduate particularly those who are still undergoing their One-Year mandatory National Youth Service Corps to broaden their horizons thereby enhancing their sense of commitment to be self-reliant through entrepreneurship schemes.
With these laudable schemes coming from the stable of this bank, it keeps bringing to memory some of the profound statements made by the CEO and Managing Director, Heritage Bank Ifie Sekibo, in one of his exclusive interviews, when he posted that “We have a youth scheme where we have about 1,500 customers on the NYSC scheme. On the National Youth Council Joint Programmer, we have over 50,000 customers.”
It is indeed worthy of emulation if other banks in Nigeria could take a cue and also create opportunities and CSR such as these so as to reduce redundancy amongst the young graduates in Nigeria.