Ac­cess Bank do­nates to UNICEF to­wards na­tional dev

Daily Trust - - BRAND EQUITY - From Sun­day Michael Ogwu, La­gos

Ac­cess Bank Group has do­nated N10 mil­lion to UNICEF to­wards reach­ing out to and high­light­ing the plight of vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren, or­phans and in­ter­na­tion­ally dis­placed per­sons.

This is part of the bank’s con­tin­ued sup­port of UNICEF along with 5th Chukker as it hosted the ‘Ac­cess Bank Polo Day’ at the Guards Polo Club, Wind­sor, United King­dom over the week­end.

The an­nual polo event is the cli­max to the high-pro­file Ac­cess Bank/UNICEF Char­ity Shield Polo tour­na­ment, which is in its ninth year and was chaired by the Emir of Kano, Al­haji Muham­madu Sanusi II.

Emir San­uai II thanked the bank for its sup­ports for the UNICEF cam­paign, chil­dren, or­phans, dis­placed peo­ple and its drive for so­cio-eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of the na­tion.

Based in Kaduna, the event is the big­gest char­ity polo tour­na­ment in Africa and stim­u­lates sup­port for the work of the UNICEF / AC­CESS Bank ini­tia­tive across the African con­ti­nent. The do­na­tion will also aid UNICEF in its cam­paign against HIV/AIDS among Nige­rian chil­dren.

Since the UNICEF/AC­CESS Bank ini­tia­tive was started, it has re­built two schools in Kaduna and kept more than 8,000 stu­dents in con­tin­u­ous ed­u­ca­tion, while at the same time de­vel­op­ing new school blocks and a com­puter lit­er­acy build­ing all in a more se­cure and friendly school en­vi­ron­ment. The com­mu­ni­ties sur­round­ing the schools are be­ing sup­ported with bore-holes for wa­ter, and sewing and grind­ing ma­chines to se­cure em­ploy­ment and stim­u­late eco­nomic and so­cial de­vel­op­ment.

Ac­cess Bank’s group man­ag­ing di­rec­tor/ CEO and chair­man of The Ac­cess Bank UK Lim­ited, Mr. Her­bert Wigwe noted that the bank is sup­port­ing the Fifth Chukker UNICEF Ini­tia­tive as a way of aid­ing the so­cio-eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of the coun­try.

Hear him: “We are con­scious of our role as a change agent in Nige­ria that can help in­sti­tute so­cio-eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment through re­spon­si­ble busi­ness prac­tice and en­vi­ron­men­tal con­sid­er­a­tions.

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