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Monday, October 26, 2015

Skye Bank uplifts women withSkye Pearl



Skye Bank, one of Nigeria’s new generation banks, has unveiled “Skye Pearl” initiative to help its female customers unlock their potentials, ITRealms reports.


The programme launched at a dinner event, October 23, at the Civic Centre, Lagos, is a platform that offers series of activities meant to benefit sit-at-home mothers, professionals and women-owned SMEs, by offering them a chance to grow and expand their businesses through partnership, relationship, access to financial education, information, networking, mentoring and empowerment initiative.


The Managing Director/CEO, Skye Bank Plc, Mr. Timothy Oguntayo, speaking at the event, said “Skye Pearl Initiative is a well-thought-out offering conceived by women and birthed by women basically to cater for the needs of Nigerian women. For us, it is our way of ensuring that our customers and in this case, our women customers enjoy fullness of our business.”


The six pillars that drive “Skye Pearl” is what make it stand out among other propositions “The acronym C.I.N.E.M.A stands for  C – Capacity Building I – Information N – Networking E – Empowerment M- Mentoring and A – Access To Finance”. This is aimed to project Pearl Woman as someone who is "precious, informed, connected, evolving and a mentor” Oguntayo hinted


In her speech as the guest speaker, the President/Chairman of Council, the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN), Mrs. Abosede Debola Osibogun, ITRealms gathered, said,“it is a great honor to be part of an initiative that celebrates women within and beyond Nigeria. It is indeed a laudable programme which recognizes all the elements that constitute component of a woman. Women are powerful, they are nation builders and for any nation or business to thrive there must be a space large enough to contain women and for me, that it what Skye Pearl initiative is bringing to the fore”


Also speaking on the initiative, Executive Director, Skye Bank Plc, IbiyeAsimeEkong; stated that women are important to the economy. Women are filled with potentials and valuable. This is expressed in the name of the programme. A pearl has value and it comes with inherent possibilities. Skye Bank sees this in women and is looking towards enhancing that possibility.


“The Skye Pearl Programme is a way to help many women achieve their dreams and also grow the economy.  There is an online platform, www.skyebankng.com/SkyePearlthat the members can log in to and explore endless possibilities which we will open to them. We carried out our research and this programme is one of the many ways we seek to meet the specific needs of women to help them become viable business owners,"she added.


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Pix:L-R: Executive Director, Skye Bank Plc, Ibiye Asime Ekong; Managing Director/CEO, Skye Bank Plc, Mr. Timothy Oguntayo; Head Small Business Group, Skye Bank Plc, Ayodele Olojede and Head, Retail Banking, Skye Bank Plc, Nkolika Okoli at the official launch of Skye Pearl Initiative by Skye Bank at Civic Centre, Victoria Island Lagos, last Friday, 23rd October,

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