ACCESS Bank Plc, on Friday opened a new branch at Apomu, in Isokan Local Government Area of Osun State, as the Group Head Retail Operations , Mr Abraham Aziegbe emphasised inclusive banking for microeconomic growth.
Aziegbe said many individuals and small business owners are operating outside banking system, adding that the bank is assiduously working through its branch network policy to correct the shortcomings.
He identified financial inclusion in all the communities of Nigeria as a pragmatic approach to such economic defect, saying financial inclusion encompasses giving opportunities to small business owners to grow and contribute immensely to National economy
According to him, the banking sector has a huge role to play in transforming both the micro and macro economy of the nation into posterity and sustainable growth.
The banker added that Access Bank is collaborating with the Central Bank of Nigeria to reposition Nigeria’s economy through the development of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).
He said :” We recognise the fact that there is still many Nigerians who are still under-banked. By estimation, over 40m Nigerians do not have bank account, it is on this note that our bank embark on aggressive branch network to redirect the mindsets of many Nigerians towards active banking activities.
“Asides millions of individuals who involve in daily economic activities outside banking system, there are thousands of small and medium business owners who are transacting without banks.
“This situation informed our resolve to entrench financial inclusion mechanism in the urban centres and remote communities to incorporate Nigerians into banking creed.
“We are working in collaboration with the Central Bank of Nigeria to transform the economy and make people, especially small and medium business owners to see a brighter future of huge prosperity through active banking”.
Speaking on Federal Government’s policy on border closure, the financial expert said the decision to close border can only be felt at the long run, adding that the policy might not immediately have effect on the macro economy.
He however opined that the policy at the long run would stimulate local productivity, by regulating influx of goods coming into the country and thereby turning Nigeria into dumping ground of imported commodities.
” For those who make policies, there are several factors that always inform their decision. Obviously, the effect of border closure is long-time”.
The Osun State Deputy Governor, Mr Benedict Alabi in his remarks stressed that the relative peace in the state has attracted many investors, including banks to choose Osun as a business destination .
He therefore implored people of the community to reciprocate the gesture by patronising the bank for all their financial dealings.
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