CIBN Unveils South-South Office In P/Harcourt

Yemisi Izuora

The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, CIBN, has commissioned its South-South Zonal office in Port Harcourt.

Dr. Bayo Olugbemi, President/Chairman of Council said the idea is to bring services of the Institute closer to Members and Stakeholders in the various States of the Federation.


Speaking at the commissioning, Olugbemi advised the zone to take advantage of this initiative to grow the membership of the various Branches in the Zone, work towards training and developing more Chartered Bankers, organise impactful programmes and activities and let the impact of the Institute be felt in your Zone


He said that it has been the desire of the Institute to register its presence in the South-South region and today marks the birth of that dream as the Zonal Office will officially take off in Port Harcourt, the garden city today.


The CIBN President added that the office space was graciously offerd to the Institute by the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Heritage Bank Plc, Mr. Ifie Sekibo, FCIB, for the use of the Institute as its South-South Zonal Office


He stated that the new office will serve the Leadership and Members of the State Branches under the Zone, namely, Rivers State, Bayelsa State, Cross River State, Akwa-Ibom State, Delta State and Edo State adding that this initiative opens a new vista of opportunities for you as the Institute is now closer to you.


Olugbemi stated that since the establishment of the great Institute almost six decades ago, the Institute has continually maintained its relevance as a foremost professional body for bankers in Nigeria, upholding ethics and professionalism, supporting the economy.


We have worked very closely with the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Bankers Committee on the implementation of the Competency Framework, ensuring that fit and proper persons occupy various positions in the banking industry, he said.


According to him, the Institute also recently launched a new syllabus for the training of professional bankers, the new syllabus was fortified and enriched with contents that are contemporary and addresses emerging issues in the world of banking and finance. The syllabus was adjudged by stakeholders within and outside the country as robust, revolutionary, rich in content, fit for purpose and in line with global standards.

He charged all members in the South-South Zone, to stay committed to and purse the realization of the Institute’s Strategic Objectives.

He also used the avenue to thank everyone who had played one role or the other in making the event a reality. I recall that the approval for the establishment of this South-South Zonal Office was granted by the Governing Council during the tenure of the Immediate Past President, Dr. Uche Messiah Olowu, mni, FCIB, he said.

The president congratulated everyone present physically and those joining on the virtual platform including the Host State Branch, Rivers State and the newly appointed Zonal Coordinator, Mrs. Chinenye Onwuka. He commended and congratulated the Executive Management and Staff under the leadership of the Registrar/Chief Executive, Dr. Seye Awojobi, FCIB as well as the members of the Governing Council, fellow Office Holders and the entire CIBN family.


In his intervention, the Rivers State Branch Controller of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Chucks Okeke said that the commission of the zonal office in Port Harcourt is a welcome development and CBN would continue to partner with the Institute to improve the financial system in the country


Grand Patron CIBN Rivers State Branch, High Chief Abbey Hart said that the new office was a dream come true and his people will leverage on this to grow membership.


The event attracted Office Holders, Past Presidents, Governing Council Members of the Institute; Regional Zonal Managers of banks, Zonal Coordinator, NDIC; Various banks staff, student members and other stakeholders in the financial sector.

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