Education: Access Bank Constructs 60 Classrooms in Kaduna

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By Olusegun Obisanya

Access Bank Plc has announced the construction of 60 additional classrooms in Maraban Jos, Kaduna. This is in demonstration of the lender’s commitment to education and community development.

This development, according to a statement from the financial institution, which took place on the sidelines of the 2024 Access Bank Charity Polo Tournament, builds on the Bank’s previous efforts having commissioned 30 blocks of 2 classrooms each at the tournament in 2023.

“Upon completion of the project,” the statement read, “Access Bank aims to double the number of enrolees in the Access Bank Fifth Chukker School, which has seen about 14,000 children benefiting from access to quality education and social welfare.”

Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony, Managing Director/CEO, Access Bank, Roosevelt Ogbonna stated that the project is part of a broad mission to enhance educational opportunities for underprivileged children and ultimately alleviate poverty across Africa.

The CEO said: “Nigeria faces a profound challenge. Over 12 million of our children are out of school, with a significant number residing in the northern region. This unpleasant reality compels us to act, transforming despair into hope, and ensuring that every child is afforded the opportunity to dream and achieve.

“In line with our mission to drive prosperity across Africa, we are proud to flag-off the construction of an additional 60 classrooms that will soon echo with the laughter and choruses of our young minds learning. These classrooms will serve as more than just buildings; they will be sanctuaries of hope, where the dreams of thousands of children will be nurtured, and futures will be forged. We will continue to work with our partners to create a brighter, more equitable future for the African child.”

Governor of Kaduna State, Uba Sani, lauded the efforts of Access Bank, Fifth Chukker and UNICEF for their commitment to improving the levels of education in the state. He added that Kaduna will continue to do its part in fostering the goal to reduce the number of out-of-school children in the region.

“Kaduna is happy to have partners in Access Bank, Fifth Chukker and UNICEF as we work to ensure that our children have access to quality education. We believe that all children have a right to formal education, and we look forward to more groundbreaking projects,” Sani stated.

In previous editions of the Tournament, Access Bank’s efforts have made a substantial effect, addressing the pressing need for educational facilities while helping to reduce overcrowding in classrooms. In addition to Nigeria, the impact of the Polo Tournament has also extended to South Africa. Yearly, donations are raised towards supporting underprivileged children in the country through the Nelson Mandela Foundation Children’s Fund.

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