Welcome Address by Group Managing Director, Access Bank PLC Dr. Herbert Wigwe

It is my pleasure to welcome you all to the 2020 edition of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon hosted by His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
Access Bank for the fifth consecutive is extremely proud to be the Headline Sponsor of the Lagos City Marathon, which has gotten bigger year-on-year. A testament to this fact is the confirmation of our recent award of the IAAF Silver Label for road races. This year, we are hoping to get the Gold Label, as today’s event promises to be a world-class outing that highlights the beauty of our ever-vibrant megacity.
Over 50,000 runners participated in 2016 at maiden edition of the Marathon. As at last year, Lagos witnessed over 120,000 people participating in the Marathon. Today, as usual, the streets of Lagos will be graced by even more participants, with millions of observers and enthusiasts from several countries across the globe.
An exceptional athlete will emerge today to receive the highly coveted trophy in addition to the $50,000 prize money for both Male and Female categories, while the second and third place winners will go home with $40,000 and $30,000 respectively. In what has become a tradition, the first 20 Nigerian winners will receive cash prizes with the 1st position getting N3,000,000 while the second and third positions will receive N2,000,000 and N1,000,000.00 respectively. For the 10km fun race, the 1st position will receive the grand prize of a brand new car, while the 2nd and 3rd get N1,000,000 and N750,000 respectively.
Themed “More than a Race”, with people running for various causes, the 2020 Marathon represents the core of Access Bank’s journey to becoming Africa’s Gateway to the World. Our approach to advancing Nigeria’s blossoming drive for health and fitness, through the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, also reflects our capacity to always create value for stakeholders in the different segments of the society. We have made it our responsibility to encourage the general public in the adoption of a lifestyle that will promote good health and general well-being.
At Access Bank, we remain committed to continually impacting communities we serve through eliminating environmental and economic issues, as well as investing in activities that have strong impact on the social structure of these communities.

I would like to use this opportunity to thank all our stakeholders who have supported us on our journey thus far. Today, we are Africa’s largest retail Bank because of the immense support we have enjoyed from all our stakeholders. With over 31 million customers and counting, we are well on our way to delivering on our promise to bring the power of banking to millions of people across Nigeria and Africa.
I say a big thank you His Excellency, The Executive Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu and the Lagos State Government for this continued opportunity to work together as partners. To the citizens of Lagos State, we remain amazed by the unwavering support and co-operation you have shown us over the last five years, we remain eternally grateful. To the participants from all over the world, I say congratulations and well done.
I would like to also use this opportunity to recognise and thank my fellow sponsors and every individual who in one way or the other has contributed to the success of the marathon over the years. To every employee of Access Bank, I say thank you, you remain our most valuable asset.
I urge you all to continue to stand by our side as we make history today and build a sustainable future for tomorrow. 
God bless you all