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Access Bank Plc. has emerged winner of the GBA Women’s Market Champion Impact Award for providing opportunities for women.

It was organised by the Global Banking Alliance for Women (now Financial Alliance for Women) in Paris.
Speaking after the announcement, the Group Managing Director, Access Bank,  Herbert Wigwe, called for more efforts in women empowerment, adding that the bank will not relent in creating more success stories for women.
“For sustainable development, women empowerment, including support to improve their socio-economic status, remains a practical, highly-important endeavour,” Wigwe said.
  
“Over the years, Access Bank has enshrined women empowerment into its corporate ethos, the recognition by a prestigious body such as the Financial Alliance for Women and the testimonials of our beneficiaries highlight the success of the bank in this area. Furthermore, we promise to intensify our efforts to build capacity and support women globally with the resources and expertise needed to improve their lives,” he added.
With over 35 per cent women in its growing customer base, Access Bank has  offered innovative solutions and unique products, which include the W Power Loan a discount offering that gives  loans to female-owned businesses, and the W Academy, where networking and capacity-building programmes are held for women.

Earlier, the bank had won the National Women in Finance Magazine’s Outstanding Banking Initiative Awards; the Global Banking Alliance (GBA) Women’s Market Champion Award; CBN Excellence in Women Economic Empowerment Award; National Council for Women Society Nigeria’s Dedication to Women Entrepreneurship Award; and the CBN Excellence in Women Economic Empowerment Award

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Ex -Mays Honour colleague, Otunba Kunle Sonuga In Ijebu Igbo

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Ex Students of Mayflower School Ikenne, Ogun State on Saturday, 3rd, December, 2022, stormed the Kiigbo of Atikori Palace,oke-ife in Ijebu igbo where HRH Oba Ibitoye Solaja installed one of their own, Edward Olakunle Sonuga and his wife, Tolulope Marion as Otunba Folagboye and Yeye Otunba Folagboye Ijebu respectively.

 

Expectedly,the event was full of glitz and glamour as celebrities,friends and family came from far and near to felicitate with the Sonugas.

The US based businessman was all joy as he threw banters with many of his schoolmates whom he hadn’t seen in a long time.

Choice drinks and different types of food were served at the ceremony.

Special Guests of Honour at the epoch making event were Ogun Senator, Lekan Mustapha, Hon. Tokunbo Oshin and elder Wahab Agbatogun.

-Wole Alakija

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Access Bank Begins Disbursement of N50bn Interest-free Loan

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Access Bank Plc will today commence the disbursement of the N50 billion interest-free loan and grant it set aside for micro, small and medium size enterprises (MSMEs) that were destroyed by hoodlums in the wake of the protest against police brutality in the country last week.

 

 

The Deputy Group Managing Director, Access Bank, Mr. Roosevelt Ogbonna, in a telephone interview with THISDAY, yesterday, said: “From tomorrow (Monday), we would start collecting application from customers. There is an interest-free loan as well as a grant also embedded in that.”

 

 

 

He stated that the loan would be targeted at customers of the financial institution across its MSME business, commercial banking customers as well as corporate banking customers affected by the looting and arson in some parts of the country last week.

 

According to him, the idea is to support working capital as well as access finance.

He explained: “It has a maximum tenor of 24 months for the access finance and 12 months for the working capital. The structure is flexible and it is to align with the customers’ cash flow. The term facility would have a moratorium period of six months and then we would structure the repayment following the customers’ own cash flow cycle. Both are interest-free.

 

 

 

“For the grant, we have broken it into two. Firstly is that for youth empowerment and community development. The youth empowerment is in two parts. We have a segment of the grant that is focused on supporting the tech industry and we have another that is focused on skill development, which is for those that are for tailors, barbers, mechanics, criteria.

 

“The idea is that our branches are all over the country, so whatever skill you have, go to any of our branches and you will get whatever support you require.”

 

The bank had explained in a notice to announce the fund that: “Now more than ever, we remain committed to our purpose of impacting lives positively. In light of the recent occurrences, we will be supporting Nigerian businesses with N50 billion interest-free loans and grants.”

 

 

 

The creative industry comprising the advertising, architecture, the arts and antiques market, crafts, design, designer fashion, film, interactive leisure software, music, performing arts, publishing, software, television, and radio can bridge the unemployment gap in Nigeria if commercial banks in the country are much more receptive to financing them, the Group Managing Director of Access Bank, Mr. Herbert Wigwe, had said.

 

However, if your business was affected by the recent vandalization and looting, First Bank is requesting you fill their survey form as you stand a chance of receiving financial assistance. Fill form here.

 

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