Polaris Bank Organises Capacity Building Workshop For NGIJ Members, Others

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Polaris Bank has reaffirmed its commitment to the promotion and growth of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), especially those operating in the fashion industry in Nigeria. This position was emphasized in a statement issued by the Bank while disclosing plans to support this year’s Fashion Souk – the niche fair for fashion enthusiasts and businesses convened by Eventful Limited, Nigeria’s pioneer and leading events management company. The one-day business fair scheduled to hold on Sunday, December 5th, 2021 at the Harbor Point, Victoria Island, Lagos will provide a platform for over 100 SMEs in Nigeria’s fashion industry who will showcase their creativity, product lines and economic potentials. A report by the continent’s development finance powerhouse, Africa Development Bank (AfDB) quotes the global fashion industry as worth over $2.5 trillion with Africa’s share estimated at less than 1% of the total values in 2020, putting Africa’s entire textile/clothing market at more than $31 billion, while Nigeria’s fashion industry is valued at $10 billion according to statistics quoted by Fashion Association Designers of Nigeria (FADAN). Shedding more light on Polaris Bank’s sponsorship, the Group Head Strategic Brand Management, Nduneche Ezurike noted that Nigeria’s fashion sub-sector has huge and untapped potentials capable of reducing the rate of unemployment in the country. According to him,” Polaris Bank will be sponsoring one of the best fashion fairs in Nigeria. The fair is curated to facilitate exhibition from four categories of SMEs in the fashion industry including Manufacturers, Retailers, Leather and Jewelry/ accessories with over 120 SME businesses in attendance with expected 2,500+ visitors and buyers expected at the fair”. He further noted that Polaris Bank remains the preferred Bank in the provision of unique products and services across all the key market segments of the Nigerian economy; serving and impacting the public and private sector; including large and small corporate organizations, SMEs, professional groups and institutions across; health, education, trade, merchandising, utilities, hospitality etc. Commenting on the essence of the SOUK, the Convener, Mrs. Yewande Zaccheaus said: “Eventful Limited has been deliberate in using the platform of the Fashion Souk to create the much-needed road to market for budding fashion entrepreneurs whilst also expanding the target market of the more established designers. The opportunities for scaling businesses have been fully optimised by our vendors through their participation at the Souk as well as the Business Pitch. We are proud to be contributing to the growth of the nation’s economy through this laudable initiative

The Polaris Bank has concluded plans to organize a one-day Capacity Building Workshop for Members of the Nigerian Guild of Investigative Journalists (NGIJ) and selected Online Media Publishers in Nigeria.

The NGIJ President, Ayoyemi Mojoyinola in a statement issued on Saturday said the workshop will hold virtually on Tuesday, October 26, 2021.

Mojoyinola noted that the workshop facilitated by his administration will help members learn new trends in the online media space and improve their performance.

He said the guild members are known for professionalism, adding that the workshop will give them the opportunity to improve their skills in the dynamic digital media space.

NGIJ President, therefore, appreciated POLARIS Bank for their consistent support for the guild and Online Media Practitioners in the country.

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