Access Bank (Ghana) Limited under a build and transfer facility deal, has handed over a modern five storey lecture theatre, valued at GHS 14 million to the University of Professional Studies, Accra (formerly IPS). The project, which was scheduled for completion in 2013, was finished about 7 months ahead of schedule.
The Lecture Theatre Complex is a disability friendly facility which also comprises of over 35 lecture halls and 30 offices with meeting rooms for use by students and lecturers.
This is the second time since 2008 that Access Bank has financed the expansion of educational facilities at the University of Professional Studies. The deal forms part of Access Bank’s Strategy of promoting education through expansion of infrastructure. It is expected that the new complex will facilitate teaching and learning at the UPSA, to help train professionals in Ghana for the advancement and development of her economy.
Commenting on the rationale of Access Bank’s support during a brief handing over ceremony held at the University, the Managing Director, Dolapo Ogundimu reiterated Access Bank’s commitment in supporting educational projects across the country.
He said; “We supported the university to finance this project because we care about the future of this country, which is the youth. Over the years, Access Bank has developed a pipeline of talent for the banking industry by absorbing outstanding graduates from tertiary institutions in Ghana. Playing a key role in this sector, is thus, a step in the right direction to secure stable careers for our children, while at the same time reducing the large infrastructural deficit in the education sector”.
He concluded by assuring the entire university community of the bank’s continuous support.
Dolapo Ogundimu (MD Access Bank) handing the keys of the lecture theatre to Prof. Joshua Alabi (First Vice Chancellor of UPSA)
On his part, the first Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Joshua Alabi, expressed satisfaction at the facility and congratulated Access Bank for its “friendly partnership” in supporting the students’ contributions. He called on other financial institutions to emulate the initiative to help develop educational facilities on across.
Over the last 3 years, Access Bank has similarly established landmark financing deals to support the growth of key economic sectors such Telecommunications, Oil and gas, Manufacturing and Agriculture.
The Bank has also continuously displayed a strong commitment to health and education issues by leveraging its people and financial resources to invest in successful educational programmes and projects in Ghana.
These contributions contributed to the Bank being adjudged as the Most Socially responsible Bank in Ghana for 2010.
Currently, Access Bank is one of the largest retail banks in Ghana serving over 175,000 customers across 39 locations in the country.