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PAL Pensions inspires Financial Literacy & Entrepreneurial Spirit in Nigerian Students at the NextU Conference

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In line with its positioning of creating value for Nigerians, PAL Pension has launched a youth-focused campaign tagged ‘NextU‘ across five (5) Universities in Nigeria.  

‘NextU’ is the CSR initiative of PAL Pensions focused on providing knowledge and guidance for ‘Creating The Future’ to young people on career, investment and life choices. Olusola Amusan, Tomi Balogun, Seyi Law, Shola Akinlade, Otto Orondaam, and Kunle Idowu (Frank Donga) were among the more than ten (10) speakers who spoke to well over eleven thousand students (11,000) of the University of Lagos, University of Benin, University of Port Harcourt, Obafemi Awolowo University and Ahmadu Bello University.

Donald Onuoha, Regional Manager, South-South, PAL Pensions; Shola Akinlade, Co-founder/CEO, Paystack; Seyi Law, Actor and Comedian; Tomi Balogun, Founder, The Green Club; Sunmi Mark-Okoma, Head, Brand Management and Corporate Communication, PAL Pensions; Olusola Amusan, Philanthropies Lead, Microsoft Nigeria; Uwem Daniels, Assistant Regional Manager, South-South, PAL Pensions; Esther Ahaiwe, Assistant Brand Manager, PAL Pensions at NextU University of Port – Harcourt.

The speakers and panelists who came from various backgrounds representing; Financial Literacy, Investment, Employability, Career growth, Entrepreneurship, and Art/Creativity; gave the students’ tips on how to be successful in their career and business, manage funds and invest wisely with small funds. The students were also thrilled by award-winning musician Orezi, who has consistently proven himself through sheer determination and handwork, a quality that brings the ‘NextU’ idea to life.

Tunde Alade, CEO, Dynamix; Saudat Salami, Founder, EasyShopEasyCook; Tomi Balogun, Founder, The Green Club; Sunmi Mark-Okoma, Head, Brand Management and Corporate Communication, PAL Pensions; Kunle Idowu (Frank Donga), Comedian and Actor; Esther Ahaiwe, Assistant Brand Manager, PAL Pensions; Vincent Egbe, CEO, GB Foods at NextU University of Benin.

PAL Pensions team at NextU University of Lagos.

Speaking to the students of the University of Lagos, the Managing Director, PAL Pensions, Morohunke Bammeke, said: “the vision of PAL Pensions is to be the best PFA by creating value.”  PAL Pensions is that company that will always add value to you. She further averred that making money is not enough, preserving and investing wisely is what makes one wealthy. She encouraged the students to commit to lifelong learning to create sustainable success and charged them to go out and create the future!

Seyi Law, Comedian and Actor; Tomi Balogun, Founder, The Green Club; Sunmi Mark-Okoma, Head, Brand Management and Corporate Communication, PAL Pensions; Andrew Gabriel, Manager Total E & P Nigeria; Sanusi Ismaila, Founder, CoLab at NextU Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

The event, targeted at young, social media savvy, forward-thinking students interested in not just career after graduation but also entrepreneurship was well attended by students in the participating institutions.

Participants not only got the chance to learn from the experiences of the panelists, but they also got an opportunity to win fantastic prizes by taking part in the #SellYourself competition.

Morohunke Bammeke, Managing Director/CEO, PAL Pensions, speaking to students at NextU Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.

“PAL Pensions is always interested in ways to impact the society positively.” said Sunmisola Mark-Okoma, Head, Brand Management and Corporate Communications. “this is why we started the NextU project. A project that aims at guiding young people through career choices and financial literacy. Basically, we are telling them that PAL Pensions would provide them with the support they need to become whom they want to become.   

L-R: Oluyomi Ojo, CEO, Printivo; Uche Okigbo, Regional Manager, Lagos Mainland, PAL Pensions; Sunmi Mark-Okoma, Head, Brand Management and Corporate Communication, PAL Pensions; Helen Paul, Comedian, Actor and Entrepreneur; Saudat Salami, Founder, EasyShopEasyCook; Esther Ahaiwe, Assistant Brand Manager, PAL Pensions; Otto Orondaam, Founder/Executive Director, Slum2School Africa; Morohunke Bammeke, Managing Director/CEO, PAL Pensions; Olusola Amusan, Philanthropies Lead, Microsoft Nigeria; Tomi Balogun, Founder, The Green Club; Adanma Nduanusi, Head, Human Resources, PAL Pensions; Seyi Law, Comedian and Actor; Tunde Alade, CEO, Dynamix.

“This maiden edition was a great success and the students were excited to receive us. We decided to begin with five (5) schools across Nigeria but looking at the impact of the project and reactions from the students, we will definitely be visiting more schools next year.”

Pensions Alliance Limited (PAL Pensions) is a licensed Pension Fund Administrator with over 12 years of professional experience in Pension Funds Administration, incorporated on April 14, 2005, to manage and administer retirement savings contributions of employees in Nigeria as a result of the Pension Reform Act of 2004.  With a client base of over 400,000, the company’s vision is ‘to be the leading PFA, creating value.

Students at NextU Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

Students at the University of Benin during the NextU campus tour.

Students at NextU University of Port – Harcourt.

University of Lagos Students at the NextU campus tour.

Students during NextU Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.

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