BY Chisom Nwatu.
Nigeria’s leading tier-1 lender Access Bank has said it would plough the proceeds from its Charity Polo Tournament held on Saturday, 16 July, 2022 into improving education in the country.
The bank said the fund, a total of $1.7 million raised at the tournament held at The Guards Polo Club, Egham, Surrey, United Kingdom, would be directed towards the building and equipping of over 100 classroom blocks in the less developed areas of Nigeria.
Herbert Wigwe, group managing director, Access Corporation, speaking on these donations or proceeds said the donations would serve as building blocks towards achieving a brighter future for the country, while challenging the various state governments to take sustainable actions towards ensuring all boys and girls complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education.
He thanked all attendees and donors for buying into the Access Bank vision and assured them that the bank woul not relent in its efforts to see that “every Nigerian child regardless of tribe, gender and religion, is given a fair chance for a better tomorrow”.
Roosevelt Ogbonna, managing director, Access Bank, said the polo event remained the greatest investment towards ensuring a great future for the vulnerable Nigerian child.
The Polo tournament, which is executed in partnership with Fifth Chukker and UNICEF in Kaduna, South Africa and the UK, has been an extension of Access Bank’s efforts to support anti-poverty and anti-HIV/AIDS campaigns in Nigeria. This is the first edition of the UK-based tournament to be held since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.