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Wema Bank, NYSC Unveil  Partnership For Nationwide Youth Empowerment

In a landmark initiative aimed at bolstering the prospects of Nigerian youth and spurring economic progress, Wema Bank, a trailblazing force in Nigeria’s banking sector and the pioneer of Africa’s first fully digital bank, ALAT, has teamed up with the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to introduce the NYSC-ALAT Accelerator Programme. 

This strategic collaboration seeks to facilitate a seamless and profitable entry into the job market for young Nigerians through the NYSC scheme.

The NYSC-ALAT Accelerator Programme is designed to equip NYSC participants with resources for skill acquisition, job placement, and career development, with the overarching goal of reducing unemployment and underemployment rates. 

The official unveiling took place at the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Signing Ceremony held in Abuja, Nigeria.

This groundbreaking initiative will empower NYSC members by providing grants and funding to help them establish sustainable income streams. 

Additionally, participants will receive cutting-edge digital training in areas such as design thinking, artificial intelligence, programming languages, and content creation, in collaboration with Microsoft. 

The programme also includes mentorship opportunities and a business plan competition to encourage entrepreneurship and job creation, with substantial rewards for the most promising ideas. Moreover, loans will be extended to all participants.

Mr. Tunde Mabawonku, Wema Bank’s Executive Director of Retail and Digital, emphasized the significance of this pioneering partnership.

 “Wema Bank, with 79 years of financial inclusion, is committed to empowering lives through innovation. 

This partnership with NYSC is a platform for the growth and development of Nigerian youths, intertwining digital technology with daily life and driving economic growth. 

Our vision is to provide the youth with tools that will accompany them beyond their service year, shaping their career and adult life,” he stated.

Representing the Director-General of NYSC, Mr. Ayodele Folorunsho Omotade expressed gratitude to Wema Bank for their support and commitment to driving the programme. 

“This MoU signifies our combined efforts towards wealth creation and the economic advancement of Nigerian youth.

 With Wema Bank’s support, we look forward to opening up career opportunities for our members and contributing to the development of a digitally skilled workforce,” he added.

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