The Bank of Kigali rewards the best students of INES Ruhengeri – KT PRESS

RL: Samuel Mutuyimana, Emerine Batamuriza and Gikumi Ukwitegetse

The Bank of Kigali (BK) PLC has awarded three outstanding INES Ruhengeri students with money that will help them start achieving their after-school dreams.

The three students were rewarded this March 11, 2022 with Rwf 3 million (each taking Rwf 1 million) as part of the bank’s new initiative to promote future entrepreneurship through innovation in business conduct among young people and especially university graduates.

The awards were presented to the graduating students of the class of 2022 – Samuel Mutuyimana (civil engineering), Emerine Batamuriza (land management) and Gikumi Ukwitegetse (information technology) who completed their university studies with flying colors and performance.

Jean de Dieu Habanintwari, Regional Branch Manager of BK Nord, who represented the bank at the awards ceremony, said the bank is committed to supporting young entrepreneurs who will become future investors and business owners. .

“This financial support (funding) will help these exceptional students to have a starting point to implement their dream projects. We know that most students have great business plans and we are here to help them achieve them,” said Habanintwari.

Habanintwari said that the project funding program for university students in BK will continue and the beneficiaries are also supported throughout their implementation journey with the aim of making bankable projects successful, which will have a positive impact. directly on the economy and the transformation of the lives of Rwandans. – the main mission of the bank in Rwanda.

The beneficiary students stated that the financial aid will enable them to implement their projects which they have thought and planned throughout their schooling and to implement them after graduation.

“It’s exciting for me to be able to implement my dream project through Bank of Kigali,” said Mutuyimana, a civil engineering graduate who plans to start a professional construction company to create more jobs in the booming construction sector in Rwanda today.

Ukwitegetse, one of two women awarded by BK, said the funding will enable her to set up a modern mixed farming and livestock enterprise to promote agro-industrial activities in the country which has more than 70% of the population dependent on agricultural activities.

INES Ruhengeri students also said they were proud of Bank of Kigali’s student services that allow them to deposit, save and withdraw using student savings accounts.

This graduation of 872 students in science, law, economics & finance and education was the first physical attendance ceremony organized at INES Ruhengeri college after two years of holding hybrid diplomas due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On behalf of the Ministry of Education, Dr Théoneste Ndikubwimana, the Executive Director of the Higher Education Council (HEC) asked graduate students to be the seeds of the future and the economic transformation of the country by putting the focus on innovation and entrepreneurship to enable the country to achieve its development. goal of becoming a middle-income country by 2030.

The Bishop of Ruhengeri Diocese, Vincent Harolimana, who presided over the graduation ceremony and blessed the graduates, thanked the government of Rwanda for supporting the education sector during the pandemic with resilience funds and stimulus that have been channeled through commercial banks like the Bank of Kigali.

Harolimana called on the graduates to live an exemplary life of service above self using the skills and education they acquired at INES Ruhengeri, a college that promotes education through Christian values.

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