The Managing Director of Fidelity Bank Plc., Mr Nnamdi Okonkwo, said at the commencement of the training that the five-day programme was part of the bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
The Fidelity Youth Empowerment Academy on Tuesday began training of 500 youths on skill acquisition, digital media and enterprise in Kebbi.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the academy is carrying out the exercise in Birnin Kebbi in collaboration with the Gazzalle Academy Vocational Centre.
Okonkwo, represented by an official of the bank, Malam Abdulrahman Ibrahim, said that the initiative would produce a new breed of Nigerian entrepreneurs.
He said that the programme would also empower the polytechnic community by creating thriving business owners among students, adding that participants at the empowerment programme would be engaged in tailoring and make-up designs.
“Nigerian youths are only exposed to theoretical education without practical entrepreneurship, vocational and skill acquisition.
“ This is what we intend to turn around for our teeming youths,”he said.
The Kebbi Commissioner for Higher Education, Alhaji Maigari Dakingari, thanked Fidelity Bank for the programme.
He urged other private establishments to emulate the bank in investing in the future of the youth.