By Modupe Gbadeyanka
One of Nigeria’s financial institutions, Heritage Bank, has stepped up its youth empowerment campaign by working closely with Living Faith Church (LFC) Worldwide, also known as Winners Chapel.
The bank recently partnered with the church in supporting its 17th Annual Youth Alive International Convention to help prepare and empower millions of young Nigerians to improve their employment prospects.
The collaboration was sparked by the rising unemployment rate in Nigeria, which gives the Nigerian government, businesses, including Heritage Bank, to worry about.
By the way, as many as 40 million unemployed in the country are young people, or 66% of Nigeria’s labor force, according to the National Bureau Statistics (NBS).
As an institution at the forefront of youth empowerment, the Managing Director / Managing Director of Heritage Bank, Mr. Ifie Sekibo, said there was a need to help prepare the millions of young Nigerians transition to work and engaged citizenship, connecting both post-secondary education and university graduates to understand career opportunities and prepare for employment and entrepreneurship.
He also highlighted and called for effective and increased investment in young people as a key route to employment in today’s changing world of work.
Mr. Sekibo, who was represented by Adesoji Ogunsanya, Head, Talent Resourcing, Human Capital Management, while giving career talks Get a job immediately after school, alluded to proper resume writing tips, interview preparation, personal effectiveness, and professional and personal growth.
Scolding the winners’ Youth Ministry, the banker also advised them to take care of themselves spiritually, emotionally and physically, noting that self-management was also necessary for optimal productivity.
According to him, it is quite appropriate to also do a SWOT analysis on yourself, to take advantage of the areas of strength and opportunities, to develop skills in the area of weakness and threat.
Mr Sekibo explained that the level of unemployment among young Nigerians was of interest to Heritage Bank to ensure that they were equipped to find decent jobs, adding that “young people are almost three times more likely than adults to be in employment. unemployment”.
However, he revealed that one of the channels created to involve young people in leveraging their talents and contributing their quota to the growth of the economy, was the use of the financial inclusion strategy that would be adopted for young people. preparing and stimulating the development of entrepreneurship, as this is essential to Heritage Bank’s mission to create, preserve and transfer wealth across generations.
Living Faith Church, North Central National Youth Assistant Pastor, Mr. George Eko, who expressed appreciation for the transmission of knowledge to youth through Heritage Bank; claimed that the self-esteem of young people was raised by having the opportunity to interact with the bank, which they believed could never be a reality.
He expressed his joy and announced that the people were overwhelmed as the church was not only concerned with their spiritual development but also with their physical development which had to do with employment, well-being and others. areas of their life.
“Regardless of the jobless scandal, young people have been empowered differently and Heritage Bank has partnered with the church in the Career fair to ensure that the lives of young people improve, ”added Mr. George.