FCMB promotes business among NYSC members
FCMB promotes business among NYSC members – First City Monument Bank (FCMB) has sponsored a capacity building programme for almost 1,000 members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Abuja.
Tagged: “Youth entrepreneurship and empowerment programme”, it was in partnership with Activate Success Foundation. The interactive and exciting session provided a platform for the youth Corps members to look inward, develop and deploy their business skills through practical training facilitated by experts and successful business owners.
According to the bank, the development will go a long way to empower them with the requisite resources to start and grow successful businesses during and after their service year in order to become financially independent and contribute significantly to national development.
FCMB Executive Director, Retail Banking, Olu Akanmu, said it is in line with the commitment of the lender to provide opportunities that would inspire and enable youths to be actively engaged and eventually become successful business owners.
‘’FCMB Flexx account empowers Nigerian youths with the entrepreneurial and employability skills they need. Many youths set up their own businesses from their campuses. “FCMB will be there with them to provide the necessary entrepreneurial and business skills they need to make great successes out of their businesses. FCMB will also provide great support for the youth businesses and work with them to nurture and grow the youth entrepreneurial ventures,’’ he said.
Also, Activate Success founder, Love Idoko, said: ‘’I have a penchant for motivating people. There are business-minded youths out there that are just looking for mentorship or business ideas as well as funds to start their businesses.
“The purpose is not just to give grants, it is to also empower and motivate as many youths as possible.”
Among the facilitators at the programme were a Member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Desmond Elliot; Chief Executive Officer, Vodi Tailors, Seyi Adekunle and Executive Director, YIAGA Africa, Mr. Samson Itodo, of the #NotTooYoungToRun fame. At the end of the programme, N2.7 million was given as grant to some of the youth corps members with excellent business ideas to enable them start-up.
FCMB has over the years developed various engagement programmes focused on empowering youngsters, such as #FlexxYourCreativity, #FCMBFlexxtern and the Flexx Youth Entrepreneurship Masterclass.
Through these initiatives, FCMB has given young entrepreneurs and students access to training, funding, mentorship, networking opportunities and jobs. The Bank’s Flexxzone (http://flexxzone.fcmb.com/) also provides useful resources to help young Nigerians build their business and career, while keeping up with latest trends in fashion, lifestyle and entertainment.
The bank’s youth product, Flexx, is one of its innovations to simplify and make banking services exciting. The Flexx proposition has continued to meet the overall financial and other socio-economic needs of young people from the age range of 16 to 30 years. This is summarised in the description of Flexx as, “An app, a card, an account”.
These features give account holders the freedom to bank on the go, using the Flexx Mobile App and also the Bank’s USSD code, *329#.
With a clear understanding of its market and environment, FCMB is well positioned to continue to create value by delivering exceptional services, while enhancing the growth and achievement of the personal and business aspirations of its customers.