FirstBank celebrates Workers’ Day, supports 7-Star Worker Conference


First Bank of Nigeria Limited, will join the rest of the globe to celebrate May Day and the contributions of workers to national and international polities.

The bank in a statement on Wednesday, said it is particularly encouraged by the commitment of Nigerian workers and their relentless contributions in building our budding economy.

Therefore, as part of the activities to mark the May Day, FirstBank has thrown its weight behind the 7-Star Worker conference to build exceptional workers who will contribute to the growth of successful businesses and play their part in building a strong Nigerian economy.

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The 2015 edition of the conference is themed ‘Growing SMEs into Global Businesses’ and will hold on May 1, 2015 at the Shell Hall, Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos.

The 7-Star Worker conference is focused on SMEs cognisant of their role in contributing to a higher proportion of Nigeria’s GDP.

The conference provides an effective platform to equip workers with the requisite skills to excel in the workplace while it motivates aspiring entrepreneurs to start their own enterprises.firstbank

Funke Opeke, CEO, Main one Cable, Nigeria Limited has been invited as keynote speaker while panelists at the event include Lazarus Angbazo, Managing Director/CEO, General Electric Nigeria; Amina Oyagbola, HR Executive, MTN Nigeria; Bayo Ogunnusi, Group Head, SMEs, Heritage Bank; Jason Njoku, CEO, Iroko TV; Yomi Awobokun, CEO, Oando Marketing; Yewande Sadiku, CEO, StanbicIBTC Capital; Bilikiss Adebiyi, CEO, Wecyclers; and Dayo Eweje, CEO, David Wej.

Jacinta Ike, Business Development Manager, FirstBank, will also join the panel on ’Growing SMEs’ at the conference which is designed to inform and inspire participants to become world-class in their outlook, increase productivity in the work place, and elaborate on key factors in starting and keeping a business.

FirstBank has contributed in various measures to building the SME segment of the economy.

According to the Group Head, Marketing & Corporate Communications, FirstBank, Folake Ani-Mumuney, SMEs are pivotal to economic development and this why it is a major focus point in the Bank’s mass market segment.

The Bank has had several interventions in the SME space through its SMEConnect programmes and also has a dedicated website for SMEs at

“We are therefore pleased to support this conference which will proffer interventions that will facilitate the emergence of a more productive workforce,” she stated.