Access Bank initiates construction of 60 new classrooms in Kaduna

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Access Bank PLC, a prominent financial institution in Africa, has reaffirmed its dedication to education and community upliftment by starting the construction of 60 new classrooms in Maraban Jos, Kaduna.

This initiative coincided with the 2024 Access Bank Charity Polo Tournament and follows the bank’s 2023 project, where 30 blocks of two classrooms each were commissioned during the same event.

The new classrooms are expected to significantly increase enrollment at the Access Bank Fifth Chukker School, which has already benefited around 14,000 children by providing access to quality education and social services.

Roosevelt Ogbonna, Access Bank’s Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, highlighted the importance of this project in a speech at the groundbreaking ceremony. He emphasized that enhancing educational opportunities for disadvantaged children is crucial for poverty alleviation across Africa.

“Nigeria faces a profound challenge with over 12 million children out of school, many of whom are in the northern region. This harsh reality compels us to act, converting despair into hope and ensuring every child can dream and achieve,” Mr Ogbonna said. “In alignment with our mission to drive prosperity across Africa, we are proud to commence the construction of 60 additional classrooms. These classrooms will be more than mere buildings; they will be sanctuaries of hope where thousands of children’s dreams will be nurtured and futures forged. We will continue collaborating with our partners to create a brighter, more equitable future for African children.”

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The Executive Governor of Kaduna, Uba Sani, praised Access Bank, Fifth Chukker, and UNICEF for their dedication to improving education in the state. He reiterated Kaduna’s commitment to reducing the number of out-of-school children in the region.

“Kaduna is fortunate to have partners like Access Bank, Fifth Chukker, and UNICEF as we strive to ensure our children receive quality education. We believe every child has the right to formal education and anticipate more groundbreaking projects,” Sani stated.

Access Bank’s efforts through previous editions of the Polo Tournament have substantially addressed the need for educational facilities and reduced classroom overcrowding. The impact of the tournament extends beyond Nigeria to South Africa, where annual donations support underprivileged children through the Nelson Mandela Foundation Children’s Fund.

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