Herbert Wigwe, Group Managing Director of Access Bank Plc has reaffirmed the bank’s commitment to the educational development of children in Nigeria.
According to Wigwe, the lender will be investing N1 billion in building educational infrastructure in Northern Nigeria.
Wigwe disclosed this while address attendees at the Accesss Bank/UNICEF Charity Shield Polo Tournament which was held at the Guards Polo Club, United Kingdom.
He made it known that education is one of the most important tools to sustaining the future of Nigeria
Nigeria currently holds the unenviable position of having the highest number of out-of-school children in the world. A problem that Wigwe said Access Bank, in collaboration with UNICEF, aims to solve using funds raised through the high profile polo tournament.
“The number of out-of-school children in Nigeria is very worrisome, and if not tackled adequately does not bode well for the future of Nigeria. Access Bank identified this problem ten years ago and through the polo tournament has made considerable strides in improving the educational system in Nigeria.
”We will not relent in our efforts to ensure that Nigeria children are given the requisite educational foundation to succeed. We know the challenge before us is great, but we will surmount it through collaboration with relevant international, government and private stakeholders.
“We will continue to give, because our children need to be educated. So far, we have been able to raise over N1 billion and every kobo will be invested providing educational infrastructure, starting from one Northern state at a time because that is where we find the hifhest number of out-of-school and displaced children,” the GMD stated.
He explained that government buy-in was key to the achievement of the bank’s set goals, citing and thanking the Kaduna State Government for its support in the implementation of its projects.
This year’s Charity Polo Tournament was a huge success with several local and international dignitaries in attendance including the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi Lamido; British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing CB, among others.