Skill Acquisition Programme:Fidelity Bank Partners CAFE

Written by Akeem Alao

The Fidelity Bank Youth Empowerment Academy (YEA), in collaboration with Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFE) organized a five-day skill acquisition programme for university students in Anambra.

Speaking at the closing ceremony of the programme, wife of Anambra State Governor, Dr. Ebelechukwu Obiano, challenged students in the state to ensure they put their skills to use to become employers of labour upon graduation.

Dr. Ebelechukwu Obiano

While giving the advice on Wednesday 6th November, 2019 in Anambra, Mrs Obiano praised the students for the seriousness they attached to the training, urging them to remain focused.

The governor’s wife, who is the founder of CAFE, also commended Fidelity Bank for keying into the initiative as part of its social responsibility. However, she rated that it was regrettable that most corporate organisations do not give back to society.

Mrs Obiano thanked the host institution for providing the enabling environment needed for the training.

She noted that CAFE had empowered over 4,800 persons, and assured it would continue to partner with the institution to train more students.

Head, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability of Fidelity Bank, Mr. Chris Nnakwe, said the training was targeted at helping youth to develop skills for wealth in the nearest future.

He said the event, the sixth in the series, had earlier been hosted by the University of Nigeria Nsukka; Waziri Umar Federal Polytechnic, Birnin-Kebbi; Federal Polytechnic Oko; River State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt and Bayero University, Kano.

According to Nnakwe, the bank had spent over N25 million on each programme, with plans to visit all tertiary institutions in the nation aimed at mentoring beneficiaries in the community of practice.

On his part, NAU Vice-Chancellor (VC), Prof. Charles Esimone, represented by the Deputy VC, Administration, Prof. Carol Arinze-Umobi, said his administration had always ensured that students had skills before graduating..

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Akeem Alao

Akeem Alao trained as a language teacher. He graduated from Adeniran Ogunsanya college of Education where he studied English/Yoruba Languages and Ekiti State University where he obtained a degree in English Education.

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