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Sterling Bank Administers 2ndPhase Low-Interest Facility To 2021 Tourism Entrepreneurs In Ekiti

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Standing tall to its mission of empowering the low cadre tourism entrepreneurs in Ekiti State with the low-interest facility, Sterling bank on Wednesday 19 May 2021 in Ado Ekiti, credited the accounts of 202 tourism entrepreneurs in Ekiti – State, Nigeria.

The disbursement of the loan was the 2nd phase of the Sterling Bank Tourism Development Fund Initiative, a product planted by Sterling bank which and facilitated by the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Ekiti State on Tourism Development, Ambassador Wale Ojo – Lanre to make fund available to tourism practitioners to boost their trade and expand their business.

At the disbursement ceremony held at the Conference Hall of Ekiti State Ministry of Women Affairs, Block V, Lot II, Ekiti State Secretariat , Prof Rasaki Ojo – Bakare, Ekiti State Commissioner for Arts, Culture and Tourism, who was the Special Guest at the event, said that Governor Kayode Fayemi  was keenly interested in boosting the economic activities of all stakeholders within the ambit of arts, culture tourism, hence, seeking a way of opening doors of financial platforms where the practitioners can  leverage on low interest facilities.

 He praised Sterling Bank for its interest in the development of arts, culture and tourism sector and called on the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the loan adding that it would not only shore up the economy of the state but put them in a firmer financial stead to expand their businesses.

He commended the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Ekiti State on Tourism Development, Mr Wale Ojo – Lanre for his innovative tendencies at driving the tourism sector in Ekiti state not only for visibility but economic viability while lauding   the synergy between the Office of the SSA Tourism Development, Bureau of Employment, Labour and Productivity being led by Mr Lanre Ogunjobi and the Special Assistant to the Governor on Informal Sector, Mr Oroya Aladeloye on this scheme.

Mr Shina Atilola, Divisional Head of Retail Banking and Customer Banking pointed out that the soft loan scheme to tourism entrepreneurs is strategically conceived by the Managing Director of Sterling Bank, Mr Abubakar Suleiman, to provide a platform where the low cadre tourism entrepreneurs can access fund of low interest.

He said that it was the mission of Sterling bank not only to provide the loan for the beneficiaries but also network their services, craft items and provide to buyers and patrons .

Mr Atilola pointed out that Sterling bank is out to empower and enhance the business and economic endeavours of tourism practitioners and stakeholder noting that the sector encompasses almost everything that a typical  traveller will need in a strange land.

He commended Governor Kayode Fayemi for being pro-poor and pro – masses in his drive at placing the economic base of Ekiti on a sustainable pedestal by aligning it with low cadre entrepreneurs and for putting proactive and positive-minded persons attending the tourism sector.

Mr Atilola lauded the efforts of Mr Ojo- Lanre, SSA Tourism Development for his doggedness and resourcefulness by networking with Messer   Lanre Ogunjobi, DG, ELP  and Oroya Aladeloye, SA, Informal sector at making the scheme working and walking in Ekiti State.

He called on the beneficiaries to be faithful and prompt on repayment schedules as this would accelerate and pave the way quickly for others as the scheme targets 2000 beneficiaries in Ekiti State.

Bola Hamzat and Eniola Eyinafe both beneficiaries of the scheme lauded Governor Kayode Fayemi for networking tourism stakeholders and entrepreneurs in the state to Sterling bank and happy that the soft loan would help in creating employment opportunities in the state.

Mr Ojo – Lanre   commended the Sterling Bank team  especially Mrs Abiola Adelana , Sterling Bank Tourism Desk for her goal-getting strides at pushing the tourism vision of the bank efficiently to Ekiti State , lauded Mr Gbenga  Adegoke, Divisional Head, Product Proposition, and  Ado Ekiti Sterling bank Staff being led by Mr Lekan Afuye  for the success of the first phase disbursement to 90 beneficiaries  and the commencement of the empowerment of  2nd batch for  202  beneficiaries  under  Sterling Bank Tourism Fund Development Imitative in Ekiti State.  

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NIHOTOUR Advocates Women Empowerment Via Vocational Training, Skill Acquisition Initiatives

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JOEL AJAYI

The Director General of the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR), Alhaji Nura Sani Kangiwa has advocated vocational training and skill acquisition programs that will empower women particularly the vulnerable in the society to make them independent and self-sustaining

Kangiwa who made the call when Officials of the FCT Chapter of the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), led by the Chairperson Mrs.

Rekia Rachael Adejo-Andrew paid a courtesy visit on him at the headquarters of the Institute in Abuja, said that empowering vulnerable women in the society with the requisite skills in vocational training is the only sure way to protect them against all forms of risks and to survive as independent individuals.


Nura S Kangiwa DG NIHOTOUR left presents souvenir to Mrs Adejo-Andrew, Chairperson, FCT Chapter of FIDA

According to him, NIHOTOUR as a training Institute is willing to partner with FIDA to offer the training needs of women under the vision and mission objectives of the Federation in providing hope, succor and healthy living for vulnerable women in the society especially in Travel Tourism and Hospitality trades.

The Director-General who expressed his delight with the visit and the good work the Federation is doing to lift the poor, voiceless and the vulnerable segment of women in the country said Nigeria needs more of such enviable social and Non-Governmental Organizations to augment government’s efforts at providing better living conditions for the populace.

Earlier in her address, Mrs. Adejo-Andrew said they were at NIHOTOUR to congratulate the Director-General over his appointment as well as to identify with his visionary leadership and philanthropic qualities that endeared him to many in the country, including FIDA so that society can be a better place for all and in particular, the vulnerable and less privileged.

She said the numerous activities of the Federation which include the enhancement, promotion, protection, and preservation of the rights and welfare of women and children in the society through empowerment require the support and assistance of well spirited individuals and organizations in the likes of Nura Sani Kangiwa and NIHOTOUR, adding that FIDA is today at the Institute’s head office to solicit for that support and collaboration.

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