The Bayelsa State Government has expressed interest in partnering with Heritage Bank Plc for the development and empowerment of sports and youth in the state to boost the potential of the thriving young population.
The Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, revealed the interest of the State Government during a courtesy visit with the Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Daniel Igali and others on the management of the Bank , at the Heritage Headquarters in Lagos recently.
Ewhrudjakpo expressed the readiness of the state government to work with Heritage Bank to empower young people and develop sport at all levels with the aim of putting in place measures to improve their socio-economic well-being and for the identification and development of budding talent.
He also commended Heritage Bank for its pivotal role in enhancing youth development and supporting entrepreneurship for economic growth.
“We believe that with this there will be first, removing our young people from drug addiction and we are also using them to win.
We really want to see how Heritage Bank can partner with us or support which we have adequate publicity,” he said.
Meanwhile, Ewhrudjakpo asserted that the administration led by Governor Douye Diri will do everything in its power to foster a mutually beneficial partnership.
While responding, the Bank’s Executive Director, Jude Monye, who welcomed the delegates, assured that the Heritage Deputy Governor stood ready to support the Bayelsa government in youth empowerment and development. Sport.
He noted that with the bank’s achievements in empowering young Nigerians and developing sports, the bank has a strong desire to develop and position the youth to become world class citizens equipped and ready to be absorbed by growing competitive professional skills and endeavors.
Monye further revealed that Heritage Bank has been at the forefront of supporting good courses involving youth and sports, while reiterating the bank’s CEO/CEO, Ifie Sekibo’s willingness to partner with the Bayelsa State Government.
“On behalf of the CEO and Board, I would like to say that we will support the course of Bayelsa State when it comes to sports. Be it wrestling, athletics, football, soccer, we will be part of it,” he said.
Adding, the ED said: “We have always supported good courses; we are a small and relatively new bank. We will support the Bayelsa State Government because we want to see young people come out of drug trafficking and drug use where their lives can be useful.
He recalled that when it comes to youth empowerment and sports development, the Bank has carved a niche for itself by working with public and private organizations, especially state governments such as Lagos, Rivers State , Ibadan, among others, to build a sports culture with formal education. and entrepreneurship in order to ensure the future of the population working as a team.
“As a bank, we have done something in sports known as schoolympics which has been organized by the bank, in partnership with the 3rd annual Lagos Value Jet Para Table Tennis Championship, the 30th anniversary of the Ibadan Golf Club, the 14th West African Universities Game (WAUG), has partnered with the Lagos State Government to support the 3rd Annual Lagos Value Jet Para Table Tennis Championship, the Port Harcourt Amateur Golf Championship 2014, IBB Golf Tournament in Abuja to name but a few,” he hinted.
According to him, “Heritage Bank believes in development. We have the tenacity to develop ourselves, and sport is a means of developing Nigerians, young and old, to promote their physical, social and emotional well-being. It is a well-known fact that physical education and sports contribute to character and community building, crime reduction, community safety, economic and social development.
Monye further noted that the drive to continue supporting young people was to create, preserve and transfer wealth across generations.
He explained that the bank’s entrepreneurship programs in supporting businesses, especially among young people, have always focused on reliable job-creating sectors, such as the agricultural value chain (fish farming, poultry, livestock snails), crafts, mining and solid minerals. , creative industry (tourism, arts and crafts) and information and communication technologies (ICT).