First Bank applauds JAN on Nobel Peace Prize nomination

First Bank Nigeria Ltd. has applauded Junior Achievement Worldwide (JA Worldwide) for its nomination in the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize.

This is contained in a statement by FirstBank made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Lagos.

According to the statement, JA Worldwide is the parent body of Junior Achievement Nigeria and other Junior Achievement across 119 countries.

The statement said that JA Worldwide had been equipping young people to solve societal issues, while building an entrepreneurship mindset.

The Chief Executive Officer, JA Worldwide, Mr Asheesh Advani said: “Peace is only possible when youth in all countries and regions have economic empowerment.

“JA Worldwide is honoured to receive this nomination and will continue our work to enable all young people to have the skills and mindset to build thriving communities.

“Our primary hope for solving the world’s most complex problems rests in the young people of today who will be the leaders of tomorrow,” Alvani said.

FirstBank’s Group Head, Marketing/Corporate Communication, Mrs Folake Ani-Mumuney, said: “we are proud to be associated with Junior Achievement on the nomination of 2022 Nobel Peace Prize.

“The nomination is certainly well deserved given the depth and reach of the organisation’s impact on the society based on its programmes worldwide.

“As an institution that remains woven into the fabric of the society, we are truly delighted for this recognition and it would further reinforce our commitment to drive youth development and empowerment in partnership with JAN,” she said.

The Executive Director, JA Nigeria, Foluso Gbadamosi, commented: “It is an honour to be part of the JA Network and we join our colleagues across the world in celebrating this recognition of our efforts to educate and empower young people across the world.

“Through our unique blend of entrepreneurship, digital literacy, financial literacy, and work readiness programmes, we, at JA Nigeria, aim to ensure that Nigerian youth.

“Regardless of socioeconomic status, maximise their potential and take ownership of their economic future as they become leaders of tomorrow,” he said.

The statement explained that First Bank had been partnering Junior Achievement Nigeria (JAN) to implement Future First programme built around career counselling, financial literacy and entrepreneurship.

It said that the nomination had received commendations from various individuals and corporate bodies across the world, especially those that had been partnering with Junior Achievement to promote self-sufficiency amongst the youth in their quest to making the world a better place.

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