Accion Microfinance Bank, one of Nigeria’s leading microfinance banks, has presented an Award to the best graduating Student in the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) Microfinance Certification Programme.

The award, which is part of the N2million endowment to the CIBN was presented at the CIBN Induction/Prize Giving Award ceremony held in Lagos.

The Best Graduating Student of the CIBN Microfinance Certification Programme, Kotiko Okoye, expressed his appreciation to Accion Microfinance Bank for awarding him with the prize.

Speaking at the Award presentation, Accion Microfinance Bank Managing Director/CEO Bunmi Lawson stated that the award to Okoye is in fulfillment of the bank’s commitment to rewarding excellence in microfinance banking education. “The development of microfinance within the Nigerian economy will help improve access to financial services for those currently excluded. At Accion, we will continue to support CIBN and its programmes aimed at building adequate capacity for the microfinance banking sector in Nigeria”, she added.

Accion Microfinance Bank, with a reputation for best practices in human capital development, continues to set the pace in human resource management, particularly in training and development. The bank which aims to attract fresh talents and the highly skilled in microfinance banking for her workforce, is taking keen interest in the results of the CIBN Microfinance Certification Examinations.

The CIBN Microfinance Certification Examinations which holds twice a year (April and October) is open to student members of CIBN, all those working in the microfinance banking sector, anyone who intends to come into the sector and the general public at large.

Established in 2007, Accion Microfinance Bank has a mission, “To economically empower micro-entrepreneurs and low-income earners by providing financial services in a sustainable, ethical and profitable manner.” The bank which has a license to operate nationally in Nigeria, has an extensive branch network where customers have easy access to various products and services that include savings, loans, micro-insurance and e-commerce.

Accion Microfinance Bank has solid shareholder investments from three major banks – Ecobank, Zenith Bank and Citi Bank – as well as International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank and Accion Investments – all of which contribute to its strong financial base and allow it to service an ever-increasing number of customers. The bank’s corporate citizenship focuses on education, in which donations of educational materials and supplies are made to pupils of public primary schools.

Accion Microfinance Bank has won several awards including the EFInA Award for the financial service provider that has deepened financial inclusion in Nigeria, the Lagos State Enterprise (LEAD) award for Best Microfinance Bank in Lagos State multiple times, and the LEAD Centenary MFB of the Year, for its impact on socio-economic development, contributions to sustainable development, and its commitment to financial inclusion in Nigeria.