Young banking professionals were encouraged to embrace integrity, innovation and personal development to excel in their careers.
Fidelity Bank Plc Managing Director, Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe, gave the advice as a special guest of honor at the graduation ceremony for mentees from Tier 1 of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria mentorship program (CIBN).
Delivering his speech titled “The Transformative Power of Mentoring” at the virtual event, Onyeali-Ikpe said, “When I started my banking career over 30 years ago, the first accusation I received from my late father who was also a banker was that the best currency for transactions is not the US Dollar, British Pound or Nigerian Naira The best currency for any transaction is integrity.
“Integrity is the pillar on which the financial services industry is built. In a fast-paced world where peer pressure matters, you must resist the temptation to “get a quick deal,” break the rules, or take a shortcut. This profession is a very noble profession based on the highest form of ethics. So my first responsibility to you is to maintain your integrity at all times. Let your customers and colleagues find you reliable and trustworthy.
She also urged young banking professionals to embrace innovation and personal development throughout their careers.
Ahead of the Fidelity Bank CEO’s speech, CIBN Chairman Dr. Bayo Olugbemi emphasized the need for graduates to remain studious, diligent and engaged in his welcome speech.
Dr. Olugbemi, who was represented by the Institute’s National Treasurer, Mr. Dele Alabi, noted that the mentorship program provides a platform for experienced practitioners to train and educate young banking professionals to help the next generation of bankers achieve their personal goal. and career goals faster while ensuring the safety and sustainability of the banking industry in Nigeria and beyond.
“I am particularly pleased to note that based on the feedback received from mentors and participating banks, it appears that the objectives of the program are being met,” Olugbemi said.
“For the benefit of this gathering, here are some specific objectives: to promote the learning and career development of young bankers; reduce the incidence of malpractice among practitioners; facilitate connections and establish new long-term professional relationships; helping to acquire skills and work experience; strengthen the talent pool in high-level leadership objectives in the banking sector. »
While commending the mentors for the program, he said the 284 mentees are better equipped to make a difference in their professional and personal lives.
The CIBN Mentoring Program was introduced in 2012 as a capacity building initiative to address some of the needs and gaps identified in the industry. The program was revamped and enriched with more features in June 2020 and was relaunched in February 2021.
With a vision to be a global benchmark for skills and conduct in banking and finance, CIBN is the professional umbrella body for bankers in Nigeria. The Institute has among its members the Central Bank of Nigeria, the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation, all depository banks, development banks, mortgage banks, microfinance banks and discount houses among others.