9PSB takes financial literacy message to secondary schools in Lagos, Abuja, Kano

From left: Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, 9 Payment Service Bank, Branka Mracajac; the Principal, Ajao Estate Senior Grammar School, Mrs. Olabiran Ademola Agenla and a cross-section of Ajao Estate Senior Secondary School Students, during the Global Money Week enlightenment campaign at Ajao Estate Senior Grammar School Lagos.

9 Payment Service Bank (9PSB), has marked Financial Literacy Day with a school mentoring campaign held simultaneously at three different locations – Ajao Estate Senior Grammar School, Isolo, Lagos; Wuse Comprehensive Secondary School, Abuja; and Kano Capital Girls Secondary School, Kano, respectively.

The event which was held as part of the bank’s activities to mark the 2023 Global Money Week being championed by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), sought to bring financial literacy and education to students in the mentored schools.

Nigeria’s foremost digital payment service bank, 9PSB is a registered bank operating under the approval of the CBN to provide unique banking services to underbanked, and unbanked Nigerians, as well as innovative services to individuals with bank accounts.

Speaking on the theme of the 2023 Global Money Week: “Plan your Money, Plant your Future”, the Chief Executive Officer of 9PSB), Branka Mracajac, said financial literacy has become a necessity for everyone particularly the youths in this digital age, in order to prepare them for making informed decisions especially in matters relating to money, savings and investment, thereby preparing them for the future. 

She said: “It is important to spend your money wisely. One of the ways to help you spend your money wisely is to make a budget. To make a budget, you need money. So, you plan on how to split your costs into wants and needs. It is important to carefully distinguish between what we truly need and what we merely desire, to properly plan and manage a budget.”

Highlighting the need to grow money through investment and the dangers of wrong or uninformed investments, Mracajac emphasised the need to invest in proper channels and include a financial plan in order to avoid bankruptcy.

“When you get older and start making serious money, you will begin to make financial plans towards investment. It is, however, important to be mindful about how you invest as some investments can go wrong and lead to the loss of the principal money”, she added.

‘’It is important to highlight that this laudable mentoring programme is being championed by the Central Bank of Nigeria and 9PSB is fully in support of the initiative, as it perfectly fits into our social objective as a bank. There is no doubt, one way to drive financial inclusion is through financial literacy which is exactly what we have done here today. Financial literacy is very important in the process of driving financial inclusion. There is no better time to start than now with students at this level because they are the leaders of tomorrow,” Mracajac further said.  

The occasion was used to formally introduce the 9PSB Financial Literacy Club, a corporate social responsibility initiative of the bank to the schools. The Club was well-received by both teachers and students in all three schools.

Global Money Week is an annual global awareness campaign aimed at educating young people on the values attached to money and the entire money cycle – earning, savings, spending, investing, and donating. The 2023 edition is running from the 20th – 26th of March with various financial sector players all over the world marking the week with different activities.

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