NIGERIA – Access Bank has opened a new branch at Ipetu-ijesha in Oriade Local Government Area of Osun State in September this year.

The move is part of the Bank’s efforts to expand its customer base and promote financial inclusion in the country.

Speaking during the opening of the new branch, the Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Bank, Mr. Herbert Wigwe reiterated the commitment of the Bank to the welfare of many inhabitants of the town through inclusive banking system.

Wigwe promised to positively engage the people of the Community in terms of provision of credit facilities for small scale businesses as well as employment for the youths.

According to him, the new branch would offer financial services that will accelerate commercial activities as well as human development.

The bank said it had plans initiate corporate social responsibility projects of immense value in the region.

 “We are committed to improving your standard of living economically and socially and we will do everything possible within our means to assist the community in their various entrepreneurial endeavour, Wigwe said.

Access bank’s Chief Executive also noted that the arrival of the bank was a testimony of rapid commercial growth being witnessed in the town.

The traditional ruler of the town, Oba Adeleke Agunbiade, Ajalaye of Ipetu-Ijesha expressed excitement over the development, saying it is a new dawn of economic advancement in the community.

The Monarch eulogised the Bank for considering his domain worthy of such developmental project and implored his subjects to reciprocate the gesture by conducting business with the Bank.

 “I want to beg you to reciprocate this by opening accounts with Access Bank, this is the only Bank that guarantees safety of your money at any time,” he said.

Access Bank is registered commercial bank in Nigeria with a global reach.

Sources from the bank reveal that it currently operates over 600 branches in 12 countries and serves more than 29 million customers globally.

The bank’s growth over the years has been partly contributed by an aggressive acquisition strategy where the bank has sought to merge with or acquire other banks to grow its portfolio.

The merger with Diamond Bank in May 2019 was the latest of the banks expansion strategy and the deal made Access Bank one of the largest retail financial institutions in Africa.