We’re Committed to Reducing Unemployment – Sterling Bank
The Managing Director, Sterling Bank Plc, Mr Abubakar Suleima, has said the bank is committed to reducing employment in the country by supporting youths to develop their entrepreneurial skills.
Suleima gave the assurance while addressing some of the winners in the iCreate Africa’s Skill Fest programme for youths in Lagos.
He said “We want to develop some lucrative skills in different sectors to make them attractive and respectful, which will help the youths to develop interest in them, be employed and create jobs in the country.”
He promised the winners that the bank would make funds available to finance their businesses within two weeks.
The Chief Executive Officer, iCreate Africa, Mr. Bright Jaja said there were about 60 million unemployed youths in the country, with 30 million jobs available if they could develop their skills.
“We decided to re-create the value of skills in a way that it would be attractive and you will be able to upscale the pay because you are doing things differently.”
He said one of the objectives of the programme was to create awareness for technical skills acquisition as an alternative to white-collar jobs.
Jaja said it was committed to empowering youths to gain access to platforms that would project and expose their skills, and create allies for continuous training opportunities.
He said “We aim to elevate the discourse on technical and vocational skills as an important tool and sustainable solution to Nigeria’s high rate of youth unemployment, skills shortage and industrialization.”
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