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Access Bank Drives Banking Closer To Nigerians With Over 70,000 Closa Agents

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In line with its mission to deliver superior value to its customers and provide innovative solutions for the markets and communities it serves, Access bank Plc., Nigeria’s leading financial institution has successfully commissioned and empowered 74,000 Access Closa agents to provide financial services to customers across Nigeria.

With these Access Closa Agents spread across the 774 Local Government Areas in the country, the bank has significantly grown access to finance and banking services to Millions of previously un(der) banked Nigerians, provided alternate streams of income for MSMEs, promoted financially literacy and also advanced its ambition to bank one in every two Nigerians by 2025.


According to Robert Giles, Senior Banking Advisor, Retail, Access Bank plc, the exponential growth of Access Bank’s agent network was part of the Bank’s promise to ensure easier and safer access to financial services for every Nigerian. “As a bank driven by innovation, we must deliver better outcomes for customers in terms of speed, security and service to enhance customer experience in all the locations that we operate. With the recent mapping of over 70,000 Access Closa Agents, customers and non-customers of the Bank who are travelling for Business, events or to visit loved ones in any location in Nigeria will continue to enjoy uninterrupted banking services as our Closa agents are available in several rural and semi-urban locations across the country.

They can also access financial services from a Closa agent near them, by simply searching for “Access Closa Agent” on Google Map instead of walking long distances in search of a branch”.

Reiterating Rob’s statement, Tolulope Oyeyipo, Head, Agency Banking, Access Bank Plc said, “The Access Closa agent network is a bespoke channel through which Access Bank expresses her passion and commitment to broadening the opportunities and access to financial services for every Nigerian and African, irrespective of where they might be.

With over 70,000 agent locations spread across every neighborhood in the country, we are making sure our customers and indeed customers of other banks can enjoy seamless banking services close to where they live and work, in a safe and convenient manner. By offering basic financial services such as cash withdrawal, cash deposit, bill payments and account opening, our continuously growing agent network is increasingly making the need to visit a bank branch unnecessary for everyone. We are committed to being at the forefront of providing digital financial services in Nigeria,” Tolulope concluded.

Access Bank remains committed to delivering More than banking solutions to its customers leveraging the power of technology. The geographical location tagging of Access Closa agents on Google Maps through internet-connected devices is one more way the Bank is living up to its brand promise as it will assist customers and non-customers of the Bank locate and access Closa agents within their communities, truly bringing financial services closer to the people.

Access Bank, over the years, has leveraged technology including advanced analytics, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotics process automation to reform business operations and drive performance to improve customer experience. Click HERE to view the list of Access Bank Closa Agent locations and how to become an agent.

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UBA Announces New Group Managing Director And Executive Board Appointments

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United Bank for Africa has announced the appointment of Oliver Alawuba as the new group managing director as it named four others as executive directors on its board. The appointment is subject to the approval of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

Alabuwa’s appointment which became effective on Monday, August 1, 2022 will see him overseeing all the Group’s banking operations across its twenty African country network and globally in the United Kingdom, the United States of America, France, and the United Arab Emirates.

The bank also announced the appointment of Muyiwa Akinyemi, as deputy managing director, Sola Yomi-Ajayi, executive director, Treasury and International Banking, Ugochukwu Nwagodoh, executive director, Finance and Risk Management,Mr. Alex Alozie, Executive Director and Group Chief Operating Officer and Ms. Emem Usoro, Executive Director, North Bank.

Oliver Alawuba who replaces Kennedy Uzoka joined UBA in 1997 and has held a series of senior positions, including as the chief executive of UBA Ghana, the chief executive of UBA, Africa and most recently, as group deputy managing director.

UBA group chairman, Tony Elumelu, stated ‘I am very pleased to announce Oliver Alawuba as the new group managing director of the UBA Group. Oliver has extensive experience in Nigeria and our African network and is well equipped to advance our pan-African and global strategy.

“I have no doubt that Oliver will build on the legacy of Kennedy Uzoka, who has exemplified transformational leadership by championing a customer-first philosophy; launching our twentieth operation in Africa, UBA Mali; acquiring a wholesale banking licence for UBA UK in the United Kingdom; and opening our fourth global operation, UBA Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates”.

Alawuba, on his part expressed his commitment to his new role as group managing director saying “I am grateful for the opportunity to lead this great institution and would like to thank the UBA group chairman and the members of the board of directors for the confidence they have put in me to deliver the mandate.”

The newly appointed DMD, Akinyemi, joined UBA in 1998, as a senior banking officer in UBA’s Energy Bank, and has served the Group in Nigeria and our broader Africa network for 24 years.

Also, executive director, Treasury and International Banking, Yomi-Ajayi, has been with the Group since 2004 and has considerable international experience, culminating in her appointment as CEO of UBA America.

Nwagodoh, who was appointed executive director, Finance and Risk Management, joined the Group from PwC in October 2004. He has since held a series of significant roles in the areas of performance management, compliance, financial control and reporting.

The new executive director and group chief operating officer, Alozie, who joined the Group in 2019 and has driven the Group’s digital transformation and operational efficiencies.

Emem Usoro, the executive director, North Bank, joined the Group in 2011 and has served in a series of senior regional appointments across Nigeria, covering the retail, corporate and public sectors.

The board also announced the retirement of the following executive directors, who have completed their tenor, many of whom will continue to serve the broader Group upon regulatory approval of a holding company structure. They are the outgone GMD, Kennedy Uzoka, Uche Ike, Chukwuma Nweke, Ibrahim Puri and Chiugo Ndubisi

A further announcement was made on the retirement of a non-executive director, Ambassador Joe Keshi, who served as vice chairman of the board. This takes effect from August 1, 2022 after a completion of his tenure of 12 years.



The group chairman congratulated the retiring directors on the completion of their tenors and their exemplary records.

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Senate Summons CBN Governor Emefiele Over Naira Depreciation

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The Senate has summoned the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, over the depreciation of the naira.

Reports revealed a United States dollar is exchanged to N658 in a parallel market on Wednesday.

The depreciation of the currency fuelled the lawmakers’ decision to invite the CBN governor following a motion by Olubunmi Adetunmbi, senator representing Ekiti north.

Contributing to the debate, Sani Musa, senator representing Niger east, said the naira would appreciate only if the country become a productive one.

“Let’s eat what we have; let’s do with what we have. Naira will continue to appreciate until we start manufacturing,” Musa said.

On her part, Biodun Olujimi, senator representing Ekiti south, accused the CBN of not taking responsibility which has led to the crash of naira.

“Someone should be able to say I have failed, and that is the CBN,” Olujimi said.

“Most of what is happening is because people are taking out the dollar and selling and bringing them back in — we should be penalising somebody for what has happened to the naira-dollar rate.”

“The time has come for us to look holistically into what is happening. What is happening to the dollar is a replica of what is happening to Nigeria.”

The Red Chamber asked the apex bank to stop the express deterioration of the value of the naira.

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Access Bank To Support Education With $1.7m Raised At 2022 UK Charity Polo Tournament

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Seeking to improve the state of education in Nigeria, Access Bank has raised $1.7 million at its Charity Polo Tournament held at The Guards Polo Club, Egham, Surrey, United Kingdom on Saturday, 16 July 2022.


The money, the Bank confirms, will be directed towards the building and equipping of over 100 classroom blocks in the less developed areas of Nigeria.

These donations, according to the Group Managing Director of Access Corporation, Herbert Wigwe, “Serve as building blocks towards achieving a brighter future for the country, while challenging the various state governments to take sustainable actions towards ensuring all boys and girls complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education.”

“We thank all attendees and donors for buying into our vision and assure that Access Bank will not relent in its efforts to see that every Nigerian child regardless of tribe, gender and religion is given a fair chance for a better tomorrow.”

Roosevelt Ogbonna, Managing Director of Access Bank, also added that the polo event remained the greatest investment towards ensuring a great future for the vulnerable Nigerian child.

The Polo tournament, which is executed in partnership with Fifth Chukker and UNICEF, in Kaduna, South Africa and the UK has been an extension of Access Bank’s efforts to support anti-poverty and anti-HIV/AIDS campaigns in Nigeria.

This is the first edition of the UK-based tournament to be held since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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