Access Bank backs quality training for girl-child, donates toilet facilities to Imo School
By Chuks Uzochukwu, Owerri Girl-child has been described as an embodiment of aspirations of a nation and a reflective of a progressive society.
Regional Sales Director, Eastern region of the Access Bank Plc, Charles Oguibe stated this yesterday at the official presentation of a six-room modern toilet block to Ikenegbu Girls Secondary School, Owerri, built by the financial institution as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
Oguibe stressed that every girl-child deserves an equal opportunity for growth and development both in the formal education and in informal sectors; adding that the importance of training a girl child can not be overemphasized.
He disclosed that Access Bank has through its various partnerships with local communities in areas of literacy programmes, entrepreneurship and skill acquisition seminars, digital internship, among others has remained committed to empowering and preserving the younger generation.
He said, “on behalf of the Board and Management of Access Bank Plc, it is my pleasure to commission this 6 room modern toilet block built for this prestigious citadel of learning, Ikenegbu Girls Secondary School, Owerri.
“Our investment in this educational facility is reflective of our belief that it is important to provide both a conducive learning environment for our youth across the country and to ensure that their education is broad and dynamic enough to position them to take up the mantle of leadership of our great nation in the future.
“Our choice of Ikenegbu Girls was very deliberate in the sense that at Access bank, we know that the girl-child embodies the aspirations of a nation. As they say, “If you train a girl, you train a nation”. The health and hygiene of the girl-child, being an integral part of their growth process, strengthened our resolve to provide this toilet facility for these girls.
“We constantly seek opportunities to partner with the communities we serve and assure you of our willingness to listen and support you, as we strive to build our nation, one community, one business and one individual at a time.”
In their separate remarks, Dr Adaugo Nwanebu, Executive Secretary, Secondary Education Management Board, Imo State, Abigail Nwaimo, Junior Principal of the school, Chief Reginald Njoku, Chairman, Parents’ Teacher’s Association among others applauded Access Bank for the gesture. According to them, the financial institution has demonstrated genuine concern for the general welfare of the host community and should be commended to do more.
They also used the opportunity to urge other corporate organizations, business entities and wealthy individuals to join hands with efforts to advance the overall well-being and development of the people.