By Peter Egwuatu
Stanbic IBTC has expressed its commitment to promote entrepreneurship in the country as it continues to empower the youth in nation building.
The bank disclosed this at the 2019 Stanbic IBTC Youth Leadership Series (YLS) held in Lagos, stressing that the youth empowerment motivational series was conceived as a way to energize the entrepreneurial spirit in young Nigerians.
Chief Executive, Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC, Mr. Yinka Sanni, said YLS is a platform to engage the youth in shaping the future of the nation.
He stated “We do appreciate that our future is closely woven with that of the energetic, innovative and hard working Nigerian youth. It has been from the very beginning considering that the Stanbic IBTC brand, which is 30 years this February, was set up in 1989 by an innovative and audacious 33-year old Nigerian, Mr Atedo Peterside. Where others see young millennials, we see business leaders, successful entrepreneurs; we see scholars, innovators, and high profile professionals with whom we are honoured to partner.”
According to Sanni, Stanbic IBTC’s youth-centric focus is evident in its support for a number of initiatives directed at the youth as well as its establishment of programmes such as the YLS that help to engage the youth at a deeper level.
He said some of the initiatives include the Stanbic IBTC innovation lab in Yaba, Lagos, set up to support techpreneurs, financial technology firms and startups; sponsorship of the Higher Institution Football League and being a major sponsor of the yearly Social Media Week, among other youth-oriented initiatives.