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Access Bank unveils student credit card to drive financial inclusion in schools

Leading retail banking giant, Access Bank Plc has introduced a credit card for students of tertiary institutions across the country.

A statement issued by the bank and made available to Business Hilights weekend said the credit card, tagged Access Bank Student Credit Card, is meant to specifically address financial challenges of the holder.

According to the Executive Director in charge of Personal Banking at the bank, Mr. Victor Etuokwu, said the payment card would make the students financially responsible and promote financial discipline among the younger generation.

Continuing, he stressed that “The holder of the Access Bank SCC, has access to a credit amount of N20,000, which can be paid in installments”.

“If we say our future is in the hand of the youth, we must be able to trust them with something. What more do you trust than with finance? What we want to do here is to trust our youths with how to manage finance.

“This is a credit card because we want to begin to teach young people how to be responsible borrowers. It’s not as if the bank wants to waste money; no.”

Etuokwu averred that “You have to be a responsible borrower. How will that happen? Because of the money you have access to in that card, you will be more responsible with what you do and spend. And because the payment is gradual and instalmental, it gives you ability to plan your spending and how you get money from your parents, and you can pay and be responsible.”

In a direct reference to credit bureau, the executive director explained that the product would enable the cardholders to create a credit record, which can be used later in life when they become entrepreneurs.

The Product Manager, Credit Cards, Access Bank, Mr. Jite Omo-Udoyo, said the card can be used within and outside the country as well as in the Automated Teller Machine, Point of Sale terminals and in online transactions.

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