Diamond Bank Plc has shown its commitment to empowering young entrepreneurs and SME operators through the National Youth Service Corps Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (NYSC-SAED) initiative as itrecently rewarded a set of corp members for the fifth consecutive edition in a row.
Speaking on behalf of the bank, the Head, Sales, Diamond Bank, Mrs. Ogechi Altraide, said the bank understands that youths constitute about 60 per cent of the nationâ€™s population and are the driving force of the economy.
She further stated that the NYSC-SAED initiative was born out of the bankâ€™s love for the youth and passion for grooming young entrepreneurs who would become employers of labour and business leaders of tomorrow.
A statement from the bank quoted her to have also stressed that Diamond Bank was doing a lot to ease the pains of the young graduates as job search which was why it created the first ever Curriculum Vitae (CV) bank which allows young graduate to upload their CVs to a digital bank where employers can easily asses the documents for employment purposes.
She also encouraged the corps members to take advantage of all the Diamond Bank entrepreneurship grooming platforms which included SAED and BET, so as to acquire all the necessary skills to build a formidable business career.
â€œThe edge I have in business today is as a result of the trainings and funding I got from the Diamond Bank full scholarship to Enterprise Development Center (EDC) which fortified me for the task ahead,â€ Mr. Abiodun Folawiyo, a past winner of the BET (Building Entrepreneurs Today) program, another platform through which Diamond Bank grooms and supports young entrepreneurs, said.
Also, one of the NYSC State coordinators, Prince Mohammed Momoh, urged the NYSC members to participate actively in all activities of the day and make sure they go out better than they came.
The Lionâ€™s Den Business Idea competition which was the major highlight of the day saw representatives of Platoons 1, 10, 7, 9 and 4 competing for the crown, saw Platoon 10 clinching the crown while platoons 7 and 1 came second and third respectively.