Access Bank to inject $1.7m raised at 2022 Charity Polo tournament in education

Access Bank MD Herbert Wigwe

Access Bank is set to support education in Nigeria with $1.7 million raised at its recent Charity Polo tournament.

The tournament was held at The Guards Polo Club, Egham, Surrey, United Kingdom on July 16.

Group managing director of Access Corporation Herbert Wigwe said the donations “serve as building blocks towards achieving a brighter future for the country, while challenging the various state governments to take sustainable actions towards ensuring all boys and girls complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education.”

According to him, the money raised will be directed towards the building and equipping of over 100 classroom blocks in the less developed areas of Nigeria.

Former Emir of Kano Lamido Sanusi, and Emir of Zazzau Ahmed Bamalli were among those who attended the tournament.

Wigwe thanked all attendees and donors “for buying into our vision and assure that Access Bank will not relent in its efforts to see that every Nigerian child regardless of tribe, gender and religion is given a fair chance for a better tomorrow.”

Also, the managing director of Access Bank Roosevelt Ogbonna said the polo event remained the greatest investment towards ensuring a great future for the vulnerable Nigerian child.

The polo tournament, which is executed in partnership with Fifth Chukker and UNICEF in Kaduna, South Africa and the UK, has been an extension of Access Bank’s efforts to support anti-poverty and anti-HIV/AIDS campaigns in Nigeria. This is the first edition of the UK-based tournament to be held since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.