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CIBN commissions new zonal office in Port Harcourt

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President/Chairman of Council of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN), Bayo Olugbemi has commissioned the Institute’s South-South Zonal office in Port Harcourt, Nigeria with the objective of bringing the services of the Institute closer to Members and Stakeholders in the various States of the Federation

Speaking at the commission of the new Zonal office in Port Harcourt on Monday, 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 offered to the Institute by the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Heritage Bank Plc, Ifie Sekibo 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.

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We have worked very closely with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) 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.

CIBN President charged all members in the South-South Zone, to stay committed to and pursue the realization of the Institute’s Strategic Objectives,

In his intervention, the Rivers State Branch Controller of CBN Chucks Okeke said that the commissioning 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, Abbey Hart said that the new office was a dream come true and his people will leverage this to grow membership.

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

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