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Business News of Wednesday, 9 June 2021


Access Bank donates N10m to UNICEF as Fifth Chukker Wins Charity Shield

Winners of the prestigious Access Bank/UNICEF Charity Shield international polo tournament Winners of the prestigious Access Bank/UNICEF Charity Shield international polo tournament

The prestigious Access Bank/UNICEF Charity Shield international polo tournament came to a climax at the weekend with the presentation of N10 million donation to UNICEF by its sole sponsors, Access Bank Plc.

The donation was presented at the Fifth Chukker Polo & Country Club in Kaduna by the Chief Executive Officer of Access Bank Plc., Herbert Onyewumbu Wigwe in support of UNICEF campaign against HIV/AIDS pandemic among Nigerian children.

Wigwe who led other top officials of the bank to the grand finale, expressed delight that the Access Bank/UNICEF Charity Shield is archiving its main objective of reaching out to the less privileged children in the society.

Wigwe disclosed that the bank is maintaining its yearly donation ofN10m in supporting UNICEF towards its projects for orphans and vulnerable children.

In addition to that, the bank is continually seeking avenues through which more resources can be pooled towards supporting the children

“We have been working in Kaduna, in collaboration with Fifth Chukker Polo & Country Resort and UNICEF to elevate quality of lives.

“We need to do a lot more in support of these orphans and vulnerable children to enable them to look forward to a better tomorrow,” the Access bank boss added.

UNICEF Education Officer who received the donation alongside UNICEF’s Planning and Managing Specialist Shola Olanipekun, thanked Access Bank Plc for the gesture, pointing out that through the donation, UNICEF would be able to provide care and support services to orphans and vulnerable children in the areas under in Nigeria.

The cheque presentation was witnessed by the Emir of Zazzau, HRH Ambassador Ahmad Nuhu Bamalli, former Kaduna State Governor, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, former Speaker House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, and Director General of Nigeria Immigration Services, Ahmed Babaki Didi, and teachers and pupils of Maraban Jos Primary School, among others.

The donation was one of the major highlights of the closing ceremony followed on the heels of the fiercely fought final game of the prestigious polo fiesta where Fifth Chukker team defeated Jos Malcomines 18- 12 in the final game, to win the event’s biggest prize the Charity Shield .

Other winners of the weeklong polo extravaganza include Fifth Chukker (2), Lagos Aplus and Intershelter teams. The proud champions carted home the Access Bank Cup, UNICEF Cup and the Usman Dantata Cup respectively.

The Charity Shield began in 2003 as a platform to support local charity organizations in Kaduna. Since 2006 this humanitarian effort has been geared exclusively towards UNICEF intervention projects for orphans and vulnerable children in Kaduna State.

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