Graduands of Ecobank Nigeria Academy have been urged to make their word their bond, in order to excel in the banking profession.
The Registrar/Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN), Mr. Seye Awojobi made the call over the weekend during the virtual graduation of the Ecobank Management Development Programme (EMDP) Batch 3 trainees.
Mr. Awojobi emphasized that integrity, honesty and trust are the principal values to excel in the banking career and he enjoined the graduands to imbibe the ethics of the profession.
According to the CIBN Chief, “You should really be grateful and count yourself lucky for this platform extended to you by Ecobank to make a life career. Know that a career is not an activity but a journey; a marathon, not sprint. keep a tenacity of purpose; remain focused, be ready for challenges and enhance your skills and knowledge to excel in this profession. I commend Ecobank Nigeria’s various initiatives targeted at building the capacity of its workforce. Over the years, the bank has accorded priority to various learning and development initiatives which exposes staff to new career development within the banking industry. Such competency improvement is important for the banking sector; it aligns with the current dynamics of the industry and global best practice.”
Also speaking on the occasion, the Managing Director, Ecobank Nigeria, Mr. Patrick Akinwuntan, reiterated that the Bank’s deliberate policy to train and equip its workforce was in line with its transformation drive to make the financial institution the most preferred in the country.
He told the graduands to remain ethical and diligent in the delivery of the vision of the bank which is to become the most preferred financial services payments brand in Nigeria so as to support the economic development of households and the growth of trade, manufacturing and commerce in Nigeria and Africa.
“My advice to you is to imbibe the values of this great institution. Live the values of Respect, Accountability, Customer Centricity, Integrity, Excellence and Team work as encapsulated in RACEIT. Be courageous, rise above fears and do what is right at all times. Be ready to learn and unlearn to reach your envisaged destination. To make a difference as a banker, you must have willingness to adapt and take ownership of yourself. Keep your bonding and use it positively not only professionally but in your personal life and be a good Ecobanker at all times,” he stated.
The Ecobank Group Executive, Human Resources, Mr. Yves Mayilamene, represented by Group Head, Talent Learning and Organisational Development, Simon Rey advised the graduands to always strive for excellence in their respective roles. While assuring them of the Bank’s support to grow in their career, he tasked them to focus sustainable results.
Welcoming the graduands to Ecobank, the Head of Human Resources, Mr. Kunle Adewuyi, emphasized that Ecobank is a performance-based organization, and urged them to focus on their job and be result oriented.
He added, “I want all of you to look at the future and decide where you will be in the next five years or so in this great institution. I see future managing directors, treasurers and others among you. But you have to decide that from today. You must imbibe the culture of the bank and I can assure you that the future is bright.”
The EMDP batch 3 comprised 16 graduates who were trained at the Ecobank Nigeria Academy for 21 months.
The Ecobank Graduate and Management Development programmes develop officers and young graduates to become experts in the financial industry and model citizens of the country. As of December 2020, 55 graduate trainees and 70 management trainees respectively have been placed in strategic roles in the Bank.
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