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Skye Bank Boosts YouWiN Entrepreneurs with Business Skills

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As part of its value addition to the Youth Enterprise With Innovation In Nigeria (YouWiN) empowerment programme of the Federal Government, Skye Bank Plc has provided intellectual dimensions to the scheme by taking the awardees of the
federal government grants through entrepreneurial training.
Speaking at the second seminar series organized by the bank for the awardees in Lagos yesterday, the bank’s Executive
Director, Retail Banking/South South Business Development, Mrs Ibiye Ekong, said Skye Bank had always been with the
YouWiN programme from inception and has been passionate about it.
She said the management of the bank valued the relationship it has with the programme and promised the readiness of the bank to do more in the area of economically empowering the youth, through financial and business advisory intervention thereby reducing unemployment in the country.
The ‘Batch B’ of the YouWiN scheme was designed primarily for female entrepreneurs across the country. Ekong described women as good managers of resources, saying a nation that educates its women would be free from backwardness.
She urged the grant recipients to ensure that they create 250,000 new jobs thereby justifying the essence of the
scheme. That way, she said the unemployment situation in the country would be controlled and reduced.
Also speaking at the seminar, Deputy Project Manager, YouWiN, Mr. Akubo Adegbe, commended Skye Bank for organizing the seminar for the awardees, noting that  the program had been designed to assist budding entrepreneurs  realize their dreams of owning their own businesses, provide job opportunities for the unemployed and impact the society positively.
Adegbe said YouWIN would continue to provide seed grant to business inclined youth so that they could be economically self sufficient, help in creating jobs and contribute to the growth of the national economy.
He said the only way the existence of the scheme could be justified was for the awardees to help create new jobs and
fulfill the objectives for which it was set up.
The forum which was organized under Skye Bank’s Priority banking portfolio, saw the awardees being taken through the
process of business management, financial planning, and other essential business survival tactics that will put them
in good stead while managing their own businesses.
The first edition of the Skye Bank seminar series for the YouWiN awardees was held last year and was a huge success.
Skye Bank is the only bank among the four YouWiN fund managers to organize an enlightenment and capacity building
seminar for the awardees.

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