Access Bank Plc has supported the Project LEAD initiative in line with its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) plans.
Speaking at the weekend, the Access Bank Group Managing Director/CEO, Herbert Wigwe, said the L.E.A.D Project by the Personal Banking Division of Access Bank has chosen to foster development in areas of academic and moral excellence, financial literacy, reading culture and personal leadership amongst secondary school students across the nation.
He said the lender recognises the importance of the society around it, which forms the bedrock of its activities both as an organisation and as individuals. “This is very evident in our corporate philosophy and fully expressed in our passion for customers as a core value. We have taken this passion beyond the walls of the banking hall, expressed it with our deepening roots in sustainability and it is not surprising the amount of accolades we receive for our efforts at Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability,” he said.
Wigwe, who was represented by the bank’s Executive Director, Personal Banking, Victor Etuokwu, said CSR is very important to the lender.
He said: “At Access Bank, sustainability is at the core of our business. With Project LEAD, we want to raise 1,000 leaders that will be role models. We will also be boosting financial literacy among the youth,” he said.
“As individuals, we are well aware of the state of our environment and that is why we have, through various initiatives executed either as groups within the bank or as a corporate entity, provided solutions to the identified challenges within our environment. Providing innovative solutions for the markets and communities we serve is truly a culture that we have imbibed within the organisation,” he said.
The LEAD Project represents Leadership, Enterprise and Academic Development. It is targeted at driving improvement in secondary school students in academic and moral excellence, financial literacy, reading culture and personal leadership.
“We believe that these are four critical areas every young student requires as a foundation to excel. Given the dearth of mentoring and guidance amongst the youth today, we are keen on impacting the younger generation because we believe every young person deserves an opportunity to excel. To enable us achieve this, we have carefully selected Project Revamp Africa as our technical partners,” he said.
Project Revamp Africa, led by Kelechi Anyalechi, is an initiative poised to revive educational values, maximise potentials and develop young leaders.
Project L.E.A.D will be executed in secondary schools across the six geo-political zones in Nigeria and our objective is to reach more than 30,000 secondary school students, over a three-year period, who would have been impacted positively and positioned for excellence in their academics, leadership skills and financial literacy.
The project which would be in phases will during the first phase reach at least 10,000 students in different states of Nigeria. Through a follow up process, we plan to raise 1,000 leaders, who will become young role models to their peers and contribute their quota towards the growth and development of their community and indeed the nation at large.