In view of the May Day Celebration, First Bank will join the rest of the globe to support and celebrate the contributions of workers nationally and internationally.

As part of the activities marked for the 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.

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

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.

Speaking with Hallmark, Jimi Tewe the convener of the conference said there is need to empower SMEs in order to strengthen the economy.

“The focus of the event is to do something in line with the change we are experiencing in Nigeria. SMEs are the major drivers of the economy; they make up the larger percentage.

These organisations are driven by individuals, the truth is that the quality of the individual will determine the quality of the organisation. Hence, our aim is to build people within the Small and Medium Scale Enterprise to become exceptional.”

While reiterating the bank’s commitment to the SME segment of the economy, Mrs. Folake Ani-Mumuney, the Group Head, Marketing & Corporate Communications, FirstBank emphasized that SMEs are pivotal to economic development and this why it is a major focus point in the Bank’s mass market segment. “We are therefore pleased to support this conference which will proffer interventions that will facilitate the emergence of a more productive workforce,” she said.

Major players in the industry will serve as speakers at panelists at the conference