The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, CIBN, has implored banks and employees to leverage more than ever on technology to deliver products and services to their numerous customers at their convenience.
Dr. Bayo Olugbemi, President/Chairman of Council, CIBN, made the call at the virtual 2021 CIBN Graduates Induction and Prize Awards Day with theme: ’Breaking New Grounds: Positioning for Global Competitiveness’’.
Olugbemi stated that a total of 672 new members were admitted into various categories of membership, 321 candidates for the flagship ACIB programme, 41 candidates on Chartered Banker MBA programme, 19 candidates on MSc/ACIB programme and 291 candidates on Microfinance Certification Programme which cross across four countries including Nigeria; The Gambia, Ghana and Sierra-Leone.
The induction, an annual ceremony of the Institute is the forum where student members who have completed their examinations and fulfilled all other conditions set by the Governing Council, are formally admitted into full professional membership of the Institute.
Dr. Olugbemi told all the participants who joined the induction through various platforms that ‘the pandemic has accelerated the pace of digital transformation, as such, the future which was anticipated would come in some years’ time is now here with us and technological advancements such as Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Machine learning, Coding and Programming, Blockchain, Cloud computing etc are being used to develop unique and bespoke products suited to customers changing needs.
He urged them to be mindful of the seven deadly sins as propounded by Mahatma Ghandi. These include, Wealth without work, Pleasure without conscience, Knowledge without character, Commerce without morality, Science without humanity
Worship without sacrifice and Politics without principle.
“The world is yours to take, the world is waiting for you, be the best that you can be, be the best version of you, believe in yourself, reach for your peak and aim for the top.” he said.
Mr Niyi Yusuf, Guest Speaker and Managing Partner, Verraki Business Solution for Africa said that global economy evolved from agriculture now to the connection economy, identifying technology as the main driver of growth and change. For us in the banking sector instead of using branch as the sole means of service delivery, we now use the Internet, Web, ATM and mobile Apps as a way of service delivery and instead of doing pure cash or cheque, we use cards; and of recent, we are beginning to use Bitcoin and so, we realise that technology is driving these changes.
In this world, it is either you disrupt, or you will be disrupted; but you cannot stay in one place, you need to keep moving. What that suggests is for us as Bankers, old skills will not be sufficient for the world of today and you will need to keep developing new skills. You need to keep reinventing yourself so that you also can be relevant in the world of tomorrow,” Yusuf advised.
He started named innovations such as Interswitch, Flutterwave, Kuda, and others as banking sector disruptors stressing the need for the sector to step-up, beyond digitalization. Yusuf urged Bankers to also take advantage of the African Continental Free Trade Area ( AFCFTA) and be ready for the next opportunity that digitalisation and AFCFTA combines to produce together.
He said that the next big opportunity that I see is AFCFTA, that essentially turns the market into a 1.3billion market which is the total population of Africa. “So your market is no longer the 20 million in Lagos or the 500 thousand on your street or the 200 million in Nigeria, but rather your market becomes the entire African Continent.
“Part of the AFCFTA opportunity is the need to feed everyone, to clothe everyone, to house everyone and when you do whole of this, it is about Credit , Payment, Trade and Financing,” he said.
In his intervention, Mr Hassan Bello, Special Guest of Honour and Managing Director, Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) reassured CIBN of his organisations ‘ support and commended it for its various initiatives in the areas of Banking services, Associateship Examinations and Certification programmes.