Heritage Bank Commended on Financial Literacy Initiative by Lagos State Government

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Heritage Bank Plc has been highly commended by the Lagos State Government on the bank’s financial literacy initiative aimed at driving financial inclusion of young persons in the country.

The commendation which came through the office of the Deputy Governor, Her Excellency, Dr. (Mrs.) Oluranti Adebule at the weekend referenced major components of the bank’s financial literacy initiative and entrepreneurial support which it had embarked on in its very short period of existence as a bank.

One of the specific areas the Deputy Governor referenced is the launch of a comic book, The Protectors by Heritage Bank last May, which the Managing Director of the emerging bank, Mr. Ifie Sekibo, had designated as Children’s Banking Month 2016 to drive financial inclusion among children, who he referred to as holding an important position in the destiny of our great nation, Nigeria.

Sekibo stated then that “Our theme for this year celebration is Taking the Early Lead and aligned with this is our financial literacy campaign geared towards equipping you with the requisite knowledge to make you a remarkable leader in future. This is also in keeping with the bank’s vision of creating, preserving and transferring wealth across generations.

In a letter of appreciation to the Managing Director of Heritage Bank, Dr. Adebule, who was represented at the comic book launch by the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Education, Mr. Adesina Odeyemi, stated that the launch of the financial literacy comic book for young persons by the bank recently, spoke volume about her (Heritage Bank) organizational abilities and the resolve to reposition the bank to capture young people through various initiatives, programmes, events and resource kits to increase awareness of the world of finance and the creation of wealth.

The Deputy Governor noted that your policy of equipping young people with the requisite financial skills to drive a vibrant economy as exemplified by the extension of financial literacy framework to primary and secondary schools pupils/students, university undergraduates, NYSC members in the past are very commendable.

She declared, you are surely on the right track and we urge you to remain steadfast in the pursuance of this laudable goal.

A statement from the Corporate Communications Department of the bank listed other components of the financial literacy and youth empowerment initiatives and collaboration as including the N3billion Central Bank of Nigeria Youth Innovative Entrepreneurship Development Programme (YIEDP) in which Heritage Bank is now the sole partner-bank with the CBN and the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) with about 1500 NYSC and post-NYSC youth as  beneficiaries in the first phase; the launch of a N500 million Young Entrepreneurs and Students (YES) Grant in Lagos in partnership with the Nigerian Youth Professional Forum (NYPF) and  the  Young Entrepreneurship Business Training Programme (YEBTP) in which the bank collaborated with the Centre for Values in Leadership to empower young entrepreneurs and deepening financial inclusion in a 6-month programme that involved grooming, mentoring and financing about 100 aspiring and start-up entrepreneurs in the Ajegunle Community, Lagos State.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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L-R: Dr. Sophia Horsefall, Corporate Relations Manager, SPDC; Osepiribo Ben-Willie, Executive Director of Heritage Bank and Ivy Davies-Etokakpan, President of Eveafrique News at the Women Must Conference 2.0, titled “The Woman and Her Must” organised by The Kilali Tribe held in Port Harcourt.

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Heritage Bank is agent for actualisation of SDG 5-Gender Equality, women empowerment – Kilali Tribe

05/12/2022:  Heritage Bank has been commended for being an agent for the actualisation of Sustainable Development Goals SDG 5 – Gender Equality, as well women empowerment for socio-economic growth.

This was stated by Kilali Tribe at the Women Must Conference 2.0, titled “The Woman and Her Must” organised by The Kilali Tribe which held in Port Harcourt.

The Kilali Tribe is an association of prolific Rivers and Bayelsa State women who come together to support themselves through peer learning, capacity-building initiatives, networking, and mentoring. Also, provide similar structured support to other women within the community.

Speaking at the event, Ivy Davies-Etokakpan, President of Eveafrique News who also member of Kilali Tribe, commended Heritage Bank for taking the lead in championing the empowerment of women over the years in the country.

“We are proud of Heritage Bank for making us soar while promoting women empowerment. Over the years, Heritage Bank has proved to be an agent for the actualisation of achieving SDG 5 – Gender Equality, as well women empowerment,” she said.

The Executive Director of Heritage Bank, Osepiribo Ben-Willie affirmed the need to deliberately adopt measures to deepen women empowerment to drive the nation’s socio-economic growth.

In her closing remarks, Osepiribo Ben-Willie hinted that the Conference had leveraged Kilali Tribe to come up with blueprint in promoting women’s equal right to socio-economic empowerment, as this is at the heart of the SDG5-Gender Equality.

The Executive Director of Heritage Bank affirmed that women all over have proved to be huge economic asset in the act of creation of a new sustainable economy, hence gender inclusiveness and women’s empowerment must be taken as a priority.

According to her, after evaluating the bottlenecks restraining the Kilali Tribe and other women to attain the platforms to grow professionally and thrive in all spheres of t heeconomy, it is a call to action to “tackle the challenges of gender disparity and lack of inclusiveness that have continued to impede the expected rapid economic empowerment that could help unshackle our women’s entrepreneurial prowess and foster more representation for women and girls at decision-making forums and Board levels in comparison to their peers in the developed countries.”

Ben-Willie added that for women to emerge economically and socially as independent there was an urgent need to tackle psychological, social and skill constraints.

Collaborating Ben-Willie’s, the Co-founder and former Group Executive Director of Sahara Group, Tonye Cole, advocated for women and girl inclusiveness across all sectors of the society, including economic participation and decision-making.

According to him, the country should be conscious of gender equality, whilst emphasising that dealing with the psychological constraint will enable women to be balanced emotionally.

He stressed the need for organisation to leverage women positions on Board level, as they are resourceful and could enormously impact to the growth of any society.

Cole also charged women in being deliberate to position and champion course that would put them at the forefront of making difference. //END.//

Ozena Utulu, Ag. Group Head, Corporate Communications