The Managing Director of Access Bank, Mr. Herbert Wigwe, has said the bank will collaborate with the Taraba State government in the provision of housing, infrastructure and poverty alleviation.
Wigwe made this known during his visit earlier in the week to Governor Darius Ishaku in Jalingo, the state capital. He said that in a couple of months, the bank will build between 200 and 500 housing units for the state’s civil servants in a couple of months.
“The houses will be cheap, with low interest rate, and affordable. It is necessary that civil servants should be able able to peacefully plan their retirement,” the bank chieftain noted.
He also stated that Access Bank will also invest in infrastructural development in Taraba, with focus on road construction.
“We shall work with the Taraba State government in providing the appropriate structures, for contractors to do the work.
“The third area is to provide general welfare for the civil servants, by providing them loans to be able to pay their children’s school fees, buy cars and improve their living condition.
“By doing that, we shall be investing in the educational sector of the state too. Already, we are working with the World Bank on that.”
Governor Ishaku said with the visit of one of the five top commercial banks in the country, something good was about to happen to the state.
“With the coming of Access Bank, Taraba has begun to rise; it is good news to us.
“With the support of Access Bank, we are going to tear all the roads in the state and make them admirable by all.
“We shall also make housing available and affordable to all our civil servants, to avoid them the temptation of graft in office, so that they will enjoy their homes during retirement,” Ishaku said.