The Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi II and Africa’s leading industrialist, Aliko Dangote, and Mr. Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, President of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, are expected to attend the 11th edition of the Access Bank Polo event in London tomorrow.
The 11th edition of the Access Bank Polo Day celebrates 11 years of partnership between UNICEF and Access Bank on the Corporate Social Responsibility space in Nigeria.
The partnership has so far been responsible for the construction of several schools in the country.
The Access Bank/UNICEF Charity Shield has grown to be the biggest charity polo tournament in Africa and generates interest and support from organisations and individuals across Africa for the UNICEF/Access initiative.
Since the UNICEF/Access Bank initiative was started in 2007 it has seen the rebuilding of two schools in Kaduna and more than 8,000 students sustained in continuous education, at the same time developing new school blocks and a computer literacy building all in a more secure and friendly school environment. The communities surrounding the schools are being supported with bore-holes for water, and sewing and grinding machines to secure employment and stimulate economic and social development.
Last year, Access Bank PLC group managing director and chairman of The Access Bank UK Ltd, Herbert Wigwe explained the reasons behind the Bank’s continued support for initiative.
“We are conscious of our role as a change agent in Nigeria that can help institute socio-economic development through responsible business practice and environmental considerations,” he said.
“In addition, we are continually seeking ways through which more resources can be pooled towards supporting the children. We are part of the community and as such should support its wellbeing.”