The managing director and chief executive officer of Fidelity Bank Plc, Mrs. Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe has said that the bank’s efforts to positively influence women in business by supporting the growth of women-owned businesses in Nigeria stems from its recognition of women’s ability to effectively control the helm of affairs in business.
Onyeali-Ikpe stated this when she received the chief executive officer of LIB TV, Ms. Linda Ikeji, who paid her a courtesy in Lagos.
While reiterating the bank’s passion for women empowerment, the bank chief stated that the Fidelity Bank had put in place necessary measures to improve gender equality and assist women in the its workforce thrive effortlessly on the job.
She also said bank had built a crèche for its female employees to enable them take care of their children.
“Fidelity Bank is very concerned about the convenience of women in the workforce and I encourage that every work environment with mothers should have a crèche. We have just built a child friendly environment and it would be unveiled very soon”, she said.
She noted that female business owners and professionals must make it a point of duty to be consistent and tenacious to succeed in business.
Onyeali-Ikpe applauded Ikeji’s efforts to empower young women, alluding to her 2017 initiative, which saw her tour secondary schools across the country teaching young girls about entrepreneurship.
The managing director who also provided detailed insight into her seven-point agenda, which is part of plans to ensure the bank achieves Tier-One status in Nigeria by 2025, said the financial institution was open to collaborate with LIB TV for the betterment of female entrepreneurs.
In her remarks, Ikeji expressed confidence in the bank management’s capacity to impact positively on the growth and development of women-owned businesses in Nigeria.
“Through strategic collaborations, we can set up a forum for young aspiring entrepreneurs to have a one-on-one interaction with successful career women in Fidelity Bank.
“This will provide them with the opportunity to ask questions and share their experiences”, she said.
She also lauded management’s effort at organising women empowerment programmes, saying more Nigerian women need such platforms for motivation while believing that “there is no limit to what they can achieve.
She encouraged budding female entrepreneurs to stay ahead of their time by conducting research and identifying the needs of consumers.