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Access Bank Signs $75m Loan Agreement With JICA

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Access Bank Plc has signed a loan agreement with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), valued at $75 million.

The agreement is JICA’s first private sector investment finance in the banking sector in the Sub-Saharan African region.

The agreement underscores a commitment of Access Bank, JICA and Citi, which served as agents to the deal, to support climate change measures in Nigeria. The proceeds of the loan are expected to be used to finance a wide range of sub-projects such as renewable-energy projects, energy-saving projects and agriculture-related projects that contribute to climate change measures.

The managing director and chief executive of Access Bank Plc, Roosevelt Ogbonna, while speaking on the significance of this partnership, stated that, “at Access Bank, we recognise the urgent need for sustainable solutions to combat climate change.

“This landmark agreement with JICA reaffirms our commitment to leveraging financial resources for impactful initiatives that promote environmental resilience and contribute to Nigeria’s climate action agenda. By investing in renewable-energy, energy-saving, and agriculture-related projects, we aim to create a positive ripple effect, not only mitigating the effects of climate change but also fostering economic growth and improving livelihoods within our communities. Indeed, this partnership represents a shared commitment to a greener, more sustainable future for Nigeria and beyond.”

Deputy director general, Private Sector Partnership and Finance Department at JICA, Jin Wakabayashi, commenting on the importance of implementing this project, said: “as this project is positioned as the first bank loan facility by JICA’s private sector investment finance in the country, this significantly marks a new milestone in the long history of JICA’s cooperation with Nigeria and has a very special meaning indeed.


“In addition, we are delighted to have an opportunity of working with such a reputable and quality partner, Access Bank, which has a sophisticated business platform and established track record of climate finance. Under the partnership with Access Bank, JICA’s Facility is expected to be used for projects which contribute to climate change measures in Nigeria, and we expect that this collaboration will be further deepened for the years to come.”

Also, Global Head of Export Agency Finance (EAF) at Citi Richard Hodder, whilst speaking on the impact of this international partnership, said: “at Citi, we are committed to bringing solutions to our clients which facilitate investment linked to the energy transition, to energy security and to the key drivers of economic growth.

“Citi is proud to partner as the sole coordinator and agent in facilitating JICA’s first transaction in Sub-Saharan Africa under the Private Sector Investment and Finance scheme. Following on from the Citi-arranged DFC (U.S. International Development Finance Corporation) facility to Access Bank in 2022, this partnership is a meaningful roadmap towards TICAD 9 (Tokyo International Conference on Africa Development) to be held in Tokyo in 2025.”

Nigeria, a signatory to the Paris Agreement, has set ambitious targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, requiring substantial investments in climate change mitigation and adaptation measures.

Furthermore, the implementation of the deal aligns with Nigeria’s efforts to mobilise private sector funds for climate action, in line with Sustainable Development Goals 2 (Zero hunger), 7 (Affordable and clean energy), 13 (Climate action), and 17 (Partnerships for the goals).

Moreover, it resonates with Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio’s vision for a more climate-resilient and sustainable society, as announced at the Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment, a side event of the G7 Summit in Hiroshima in May 2023.

Through strategic collaborations and innovative financing mechanisms, Access Bank and JICA together with Citi are pioneering efforts to address climate change challenges, setting a precedent for sustainable development in the region.

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UBA To Sponsor ECOWAS Mining Forum, Elumelu To Deliver Keynote Address

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United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, has been announced as the official sponsor of the 4th edition of the ECOWAS Mining and Petroleum Forum (ECOMOF 2024) scheduled to take place at the Palais des Congrès in Cotonou, Benin from February 22 to February 24, 2024.


The regional event is expected to see a large gathering of key players and stakeholders in the mining and petroleum sectors of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and as the financial institution of choice, with presence in 20 African countries and active involvement in major continental development projects, UBA is the preferred partner for the event, underlining the bank’s commitment to the growth of mining and Petroleum industry in the sub-region but to the whole not African economic development.

UBA Group chairman, Tony Elumelu, would give the keynote address during the opening ceremony of this all-important event.

Elumelu who doubles as Chairman of Transcorp Group, with extensive interests in energy and power, will be speaking on the theme: “Geo-extractive Resources and Technologies: what pooling strategies for Value Creation in West Africa”

His speech is expected to highlight UBA’s increasing effort to support and develop the African continent through strategic investments in the key sectors of mining and petroleum.

Under the esteemed leadership of the President of the Republic of Benin, His Excellency, Patrice Talon, and the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and current President of ECOWAS, His Excellency Mr. Bola Tinubu, UBA Group will at the forum aim to restate its commitment towards supporting economic and social development across the continent.

The focus of ECOMOF 2024 underscores the significance of transforming the mining and oil sectors into economic pillars by formulating attractive policies for investors, essential for the sectors’ substantial contribution to the Gross Domestic Products (GDP) of ECOWAS member states.

The Transnational Corporation Group (Transcorp Plc) – a diversified conglomerate with strategic investments in various sectors, including power and energy – will also actively participate in the forum.


Key officials from UBA Group and Transcorp Plc, including the Chief Executive Officer UBA Africa, Abiola Bawuah; UBA’s Group Head, Corporate and Energy Bank, Ebele Ogbue, and President/ Chief Executive Officer, Transcorp Group, Owen Omogiafo will be actively involved in discussions and panels on the sidelines of the event.

Anticipated to attract over 2,000 participants from diverse sectors, including representatives from mining and oil industries, government officials, international and national investors, industry experts, ECOWAS delegates, and international organisations, ECOMOF 2024 promises to be a significant platform for collaborative dialogue and partnership building.

United Bank for Africa is one of the largest employers in the financial sector on the African continent, with 25,000 employees’ group wide and serving over 35 million customers globally. Operating in 20 African countries and in the United Kingdom, the United States of America, France and the United Arab Emirates, UBA provides retail, commercial and institutional banking services, leading financial inclusion and implementing cutting edge technology.

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Access Bank Unveils Exclusive Valentine Offers To Spread Love And Joy This Season

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As the season of love approaches, Access Bank is delighted to announce a range of special Valentine offers designed to make this love season memorable for its valued customers.The ‘Love is more’ themed campaign limited-time offers are aimed at spreading love and financial well-being all through the month of February.

According to the Bank’s Group Head, Consumer Banking, Njideka Esomeju’ “Access Bank is committed to enhancing the financial well-being of our customers while celebrating love in all its forms. These Valentine offers are a token of our appreciation for their continued trust and loyalty. To celebrate more love this season, we are going to select 4 lucky couples who will enjoy a romantic dinner in a 5-star hotel in Lagos, Abuja, or Port Harcourt. All you have to do to stand a chance of being selected is to upload a short video on Instagram or Facebook sharing your Valentine’s love story and why you deserve this special date night and a feature of AccessMore that is beneficial to you as a couple using the hashtag #MyAccessMoreValetineStory. We will also select and reward 20 single individuals with a prepaid card loaded with N50,000 each when they upload a short video on Instagram or Facebook sharing their experience using the AccessMore’s lifestyle features with #MyAccessMoreValetineStory.

To welcome our new customers who want to enjoy special privileges and sign up on Xclusiveplus annual plan, we will reward them with an instant 20GB data for free. Other benefits for them include priority treatment, international airport lounges access, movies, and event tickets and more. Our existing Xclusiveplus subscribers will get up to 50 per cent discount and up to N5000 cashback, when they make purchases on Konga with their Visa Signature card. While our first 180 customers to perform a minimum of 10 transactions daily on *901# between 12 -16th of February will stand a chance to win N5,000.


For our SME customers, simply initiate a minimum of 10 transactions totaling N500,000 every week from February 7th to 29th. The top 3 transacting MSMEs will be rewarded with N200,000 weekly for 3 Weeks of the love season and the MSME customer with the highest transactions by the end of the love season will receive a grant of N1 Million. Other incentives include: 12 lucky winners to be onboarded on Konga with the 3-month free subscription and an end-to-end user support of listing their products on Konga and Free business registration to new to bank customers with indicated interest.


Customers can also purchase their dream car through our vehicle finance scheme with a 10 per cent equity contribution payment. The customer will also get a free vehicle registration and a free auto gift pack.

Every customer can get access a wide range of amazing discounts and offers on our products this season. Bancassurance, Vehicle Finance, Savings Account, Everyday banking Account, XclusivePlus, XtraWins, Digital lending, Switch to Solar, Diamond Business Advantage Account(DBA).

Access Bank is a subsidiary of Access holdings and a leading financial institution dedicated to providing innovative and personalized banking solutions to customers. With a strong commitment to customer satisfaction, the Bank strives to make banking a delightful experience for all segments. Access Bank operates through a network of more than 700 branches and service outlets spanning 3 continents, 20 countries and over 70 million customers. The Bank employs over 28,000 thousand people in its operations in Africa and Europe, with representative offices in China, Lebanon, India, and the UAE.

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Wigwe’s Death: Access Holdings Appoints Bolaji Agbede As Acting CEO

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Access Holdings Plc on Monday announced the appointment of Ms. Bolaji Agbede as the Acting Group Chief Executive Officer.

This follows the death of its former Group Chief Executive Officer, Herbert Wigwe, who died alongside his wife, son, and a former chairman of the Nigeria Exchange Group, Abimboloa Ogunbanjo on Friday.

A statement made by the company’s Board of Directors and dated February 12, 2024, stated that the appointment was subject to the approval of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

“Further to its announcement dated February 11, 2024, the Board of Directors of Access Holdings Plc (‘the Company’) has today announced the appointment of Ms Bolaji Agbede as the Acting Group Chief Executive Officer of the Company following the unfortunate demise of its former Group Chief Executive Officer, Dr Herbert Wigwe, on February 9, 2024.


Agbede who joined Access Bank in 2003 as an Assistant General, has nearly three decades of professional experience cutting across banking and business consultancy services.

She served in different roles at the bank including, Head, Group Human Resources between 2010 and 2022 before she was appointed the company’s founding Executive Director, Business Support in 2022, a role she held until her new appointment

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Lagos and a Masters of Business Administration Degree from Cranfield University UK in 2002.

She is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Management UK and the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria.

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