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Leading financial institution, Guaranty Trust Bank (GTBank) has announced that it will withdraw all charges on transfers, USSD transactions and bank alerts for its GTCrea8 account holders.

GTCrea8 is one of the bank’s core propositions aimed at delivering value-added banking services to undergraduates between the ages of 16-25.

Subsequently, account holders of GTCrea8 will not be charged for using the bank’s USSD mobile service (*737#) neither will bank transfer charges between GTBank account users and other banks be deducted from their account.

Also, undergraduates will not be charged for transaction alerts received either via SMS or email. They will also enjoy special offers and discounts when they make use of GTBank’s digital platform, Habari

According to Segun Agbaje, CEO of Guaranty Trust Bank, empowering young people for the future is the bank’s most valuable investment. He went on to say “that is why we have taken this bold step to cover the cost of all their banking charges, not just to allow them to bank for free, but also to inspire them to imagine a world free of limits to their ambitions.”

Agbaje added that GTBank will keep at creating new initiatives for young people and will provide “the motivation, support, and platform they need to thrive.”

Over the years, the youth-focused financial institution has created several initiatives centred on engaging Nigerian youths to pursue excellence in their academics and respective interests. 

Below are some other youth-centred initiatives:

GTCrea8 Convention connects undergraduates across universities in Nigeria who are passionate about technology, digital media, makeup and fashion with their role models.

The convention which seeks to provide university undergraduates with valuable knowledge includes Master Classes in the business of creative writing, technology, digital media, makeup artistry and fashion design by top players in Nigeria.

GTBankYouRead initiative was established to bolster learning opportunities amongst students as well as the general public. With the renovation of the Herbert Macaulay Library in Lagos, the initiative offers free access to academic and non-academic books, internet-enabled computers amongst others.

Book ‘N’ Gauge, a reading event was born out of this initiative wherein authors and writers interact with the public, engage in book reading, criticism and signing amongst others.

Together with the GT Fashion Weekend Initiative, The Sketch2Fame competition provides young and aspiring fashion designers across Africa the opportunity to showcase their fashion sketches at the GTBank Fashion Weekend.

Winner of sketch2fame 2018, Charles Egbejule, admitted that showcasing his dream designs at GTBank Fashion Weekend was the most exciting thing that has ever happened to him. GTBank advises young potential designers to champion their creativity and partake in the annual competition.

Guaranty Trust Bank continues to be at the forefront of providing undergraduates with various avenues to learn, interact and socialize while in school. Educational support grants and several other initiatives have been championed by the bank to ensure students have a more rewarding campus experience. 

 

 By Treasure Nnabugwu.

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