As part of its commitment to continually empower the youth through various entrepreneurial initiatives, Access Bank has rewarded 55 members of Batch A, Stream Two members of the National Youth Corps Service (NYSC) across Nigeria with various cash grants.
In all, N15.5 million was given out to corps members with winning entrepreneurial ideas in Abuja, Delta, Kaduna, Kwara and Rivers States with the star winners receiving N1 million each.
The bank’s Group Head of Consumer Banking, Njideka Esomeju said: “We understand the role young people play in the community and the nation, and we are committed to supporting their aspirations. The youths represent the future and hope of Nigeria. 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 Accessprenuer competition, impacting four hundred and ninety corps members with N195million seed capital.
“We have a Facebook community where the winners of this editions will interact freely amongst themselves and inspire young entrepreneurs with similar aspirations. The facebook community has about 5,800 members”.
The star prize winner in Rivers State, Obot, who wants to go into palm oil business, thanked Access Bank for motivating him with a seed capital to realize his dream and have a brighter future.
Second runner up winner in Abuja, Nifemi Ademola, who pitched on tomatoes harvesting and reproduction and won N700,000, thanked the bank for the initiative.
“The seed capital money I won today will really assist to expand my business and also help me to acquire more tools that I need for efficient production in the future”, he added.
One of the N400,000 winner in Kwara State, Ugah Ebuka said: “A very big thank you to Access Bank and I pray that utilizing this cash for what it is actually meant for, my business will not just grow but be heard across the globe”.
The bank also rewarded other corps members across the country in the third to tenth positions with prizes ranging from N100,000 to N400,000 each.