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Access Bank, Rivers train indigent women in entrepreneurship

Access Bank Plc, in partnership with office of the Rivers State Governor’s wife recently organized a capacity building workshop for female business owners in the state.

The partnership is powered by ‘W Academy’, a skill training window developed by the bank to drive youth empowerment scheme in Nigeria.

The ‘Womenpreneur Business Workshop’ was the second edition of Access Bank’s empowerment programme in line with the other unique offerings and initiatives that are deployed to the Bank’s female customers under the W initiative.

The Port Harcourt edition was facilitated by the Enterprise Development Centre (EDC) of the Pan Atlantic University.

In a statement, the bank said “The objective of the ‘Womenpreneur Business Workshop’ is to provide a discounted and practical capacity building program that will equip female business owners to thrive especially with the current economic realities in Nigeria.

The workshop also provided participants with essential knowledge and information whilst simplifying the processes required to grow their businesses given the present macro-economic headwinds.

In her opening remarks, the Governor’s wife, Justice Eberechi Suzzette Nyesom-Wike who sponsored 238 women under the RivEthics project, said, “When women are empowered, more than half of societal problems would be solved.

“We have learnt a lot that will improve the businesses of our women; I commend Access Bank for giving women the opportunity to learn to be self-reliant and how to improve their lives and businesses.

Group Head, Products and Segments of Access Bank Plc, Mrs. Ope Wemi-Jones noted that the goal of the program was to further strengthen the economic contribution of women in Nigeria. It was also in line with what the Bank set out to do with the W initiative – the home for everything Access Bank has to offer women.

“Through the initiative, we inspire, connect and empower women. We are deeply committed to supporting female entrepreneurs and this workshop is one of the ways by which we seek to actualize this goal,” she added.

At the end of the workshop, participants did not only gain new insights in managing their businesses but also received Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) tool kit, personalized certificates and training materials.