Access Bank partners Rivers State govt on capacity building for women

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*MD/CEO, Access Bank Plc, Mr. Herbert Wigwe

In view of the current economic situation in the country, Access Bank Plc, through its ‘W’ Academy has partnered with the office of the wife of the Rivers State government to provide a discounted and practical capacity building programme that will equip female business owners to blossom

The ‘Womenpreneur Business Workshop’ was the second edition of the 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.

In her opening remarks, the governor’s wife, Justice Eberechi Suzzette Nyesom-Wike 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.

The First Lady, who sponsored 238 women under the RivEthics project, praised Access Bank for giving women the opportunity to learn to be self-reliant and how to improve their lives and businesses.

Also speaking, the head, products segment of Access Bank, Mrs. Ope Wemi-Jones, said the goal of the programme was to further strengthen the economic contribution of women in Nigeria.

She added that 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 said.

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

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

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

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 kits, personalised certificates and training materials.

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