Welcome to the PositiveNaija Bi-Annual Newsletter: January – June 2019. This newsletter reliably provides a comprehensive first half-year report for the year 2019 on the positive progress of Nigeria and Nigerians globally.
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Access Bank has emerged winner of the 2019 Karlsruhe Sustainable Finance Awards for ‘Outstanding Business Sustainability Achievement’.
This is the fourth time Access Bank would win the award and the bank received the award at a ceremony held at the City Hall, Karlsruhe, Germany.
The award is in recognition of the bank’s commitment to embedding social, environmental and economic sustainability into its core business strategy that helps address issues across its business operations and value chain.
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Access Bank Plc has emerged winner of the 2019 GBA Women’s Market Champion Impact Award for its efforts towards providing opportunities for women.
Organised by the Global Banking Alliance for Women (now Financial Alliance for Women) in Paris, the award contributes to a growing list of recognitions for Access Bank, including the National Women in Finance Magazine’s Outstanding Banking Initiative Awards; the Global Banking Alliance (GBA) Women’s Market Champion Award; CBN Excellence in Women Economic Empowerment Award; National Council for Women Society Nigeria’s Dedication to Women Entrepreneurship Award; CBN Excellence in Women Economic Empowerment Award, among others.
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Covenant University has emerged overall winner of the ENACTUS Nigeria National Competition 2019 themed: “Leapfrogging Human Capital Development”, which held between July 10-11, 2019 at The Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos.
The Covenant University ENACTUS team emerged victorious over 18 other teams from various universities across the country. The team had finished in second place for two years in a row both times losing to Ahmadu Bello University (ABU). This time however, they got the better of ABU who finished at second place and in September 2019, will represent Nigeria at the ENACTUS World Cup in San Jose California, USA.
Their project, The Pet City initiative, which focused on turning plastic waste into sustainable building materials that are durable and cost effective, was the project that earned them the victory in this year’s competition. According to their team lead, David Iyiola, the Pet City initiative “will reduce the cost of providing houses by 60% and would increase the annual income and standard of living of 150 women by 25%.”
Their second project: TOLES, is a social enterprise that aims at providing children in impoverished communities with eco-friendly and durable footwear from used and scrap tyres. The team successfully produced and distributed 3,922 footwear, created jobs for 257 persons at the production factory and repurposed over 600 waste tyres. The team expressed gratitude to Guaranty Trust Bank for the ₦1 million grant that enabled them kick-start the project.
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