Through Retail behemoth, Access Bank has awarded 55 batch A, stream two Corps members around the nation with different cash grants as part of its commitment to continuously empowering the young via various entrepreneurial activities.
In Abuja, Delta, Kaduna, Kwara, and River States, corps members with the best business ideas received a total of N15.5 million, with the star winners earning N1 million each.
According to Information Nigeria, Njideka Esomeju, Group Head, Consumer Banking, Access Bank said that “As an institution, we understand the role that young people play in the community and the nation, and we are committed to supporting their aspirations. We believe that the youths represent the future and hope of our nation. And we will do all we can to support their innovative ideas.
“Access Bank has been in a strategic partnership with NYSC since 2016. The relationship further evolved into the launch of Accessprenuer: The NYSC edition in February 2021. We have completed 13 editions of the Accessprenuer competition, impacting 490 corps members with N195m seed capital. We have a Facebook community where the winners of this edition will interact freely amongst themselves and inspire young entrepreneurs with similar aspirations. The Facebook community has about 5,800 members” Njide concluded.
Obot, the Rivers State Star Prize winner who wants to start a palm oil business, praised Access Bank for providing him with the seed money he needed to follow his ambition and have a better future.
Nifemi Ademola, who earned N700,000 as the second runner-up in Abuja and spoke on tomato harvesting and reproduction, stated, “I truly want to thank Access Bank for this effort. With the seed funds I received today, I will be able to grow my company and buy additional equipment I’ll need to produce goods efficiently in the future.
“A very big thank you to Access Bank and I pray that using this money for what it is actually meant for, my business will not only grow but be heard across the globe,” said Ugah Ebuka, one of the N400,000 winners in Kwara.
The Bank also awarded N400,000, N250,000, N150,000, and N100,000 to other corps members nationwide who came in third through tenth, respectively.