Okonjo-Iweala, others to receive CIBN Fellowship Award

Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Dr Kingsley Obiora, CBN Deputy Governor, Economic Policy Directorate are among the dignitaries to receive the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) Fellowship award on Saturday.

The Head, Corporate Communication and External Relations, CIBN, Mr Nelson Olagundoye, announced this in a statement on Wednesday in Lagos.

Olagundoye said that over 250 qualified and experienced members who had distinguished themselves in the banking industry will be admitted.

“Out of the 258 awardees to be honoured, 14 would be conferred Honorary Fellows, 93 Associates will become Fellows and 51 will be admitted as Honorary Senior Members of the Institute,” he said.

He said the Managing Director of Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), Mr Hassan Bello and the Former Director, Financial Policy and Regulation Department, CBN, Dr Kevin Amugo would be honoured.

He further said former Director, Special Insured Institutions, NDIC, Mr Joshua Etopidiok, among others, would also receive awards.

Olagundoye said the honour was in recognition of the awardees’ meritorious services, commitment to professional responsibilities and valuable contributions to the industry in particular and the economy in general.

He said that the hybrid event will hold on Saturday at Balmoral Convention Centre, Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos at 11 a.m.

The event will have Dr Shamsudeen Usman, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, SUSMAN and Associates Ltd. and former Minister of Finance as well as National Planning as the Special Guests of Honour.

Olagundoye said that the Chairman of Council of the CIBN, Dr Bayo Olugbemi, would be the Chairman of the occasion while Dr Kenneth Opara, 1st Vice President will be the Chief Host.

He said that a keynote address titled: “Nigeria’s Rising Debt Profile: Issues and Implications for Sustainable Economic Development”, will be delivered by Mr Taiwo Oyedele, Africa Tax and Legal Services Leader, Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC) Nigeria.

He said the event will attract stakeholders in the industry, including captains of industry, top government and diplomatic officials and financial decision-makers.

Also in attendance will be the top management staff of banks, academics, professional institutions, senior members of the institute, among others.

Olagundoye said over 260 eminent bankers who had garnered over 10 years post ACIB qualification experience and had also distinguished themselves in their various professional careers will be invested as Fellows, Honorary Fellows and Honorary Senior Members of the institute.

He said that the event will hold with strict adherence to the preventive protocols against the spread of the COVID-19.

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