CIBN charges bankers on competition, unpredictable events
The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) has charged the operators to stay ahead of the competition and prepare for unpredictable events in the fast-paced business landscape.
The President/Chairman of Council, CIBN, Dr. Ken Opara, gave the charge at the graduation ceremony of stream two of the CIBN mentoring scheme held in Lagos.
Speaking on the theme, ‘Staying Ahead of the Curve in a Competitive Environment: Prerequisite for Career and Personal Advancement’, the CIBN boss said staying ahead of the curve for relevance has become more critical than ever before for organisations and employees. This, he said, is necessitated, by technological advancements, market disruptions and unpredictable events of the past few years.
Staying ahead, he said, involved hard work, commitment, critical thinking and knowing what to do and where to be, to get that extra bump into the future of the banking industry.
Opara emphasised the importance of mentorship, career development and personal advancement in achieving industry goals.
According to him, the institute exists primarily to build the capacity of professionals to keep up with the industry’s latest trends and best practices to enable them to adapt to changes and innovate to meet evolving future needs.
He said the institute has provided a wide array of programmes designed specifically for the development of both soft and technical skills of its stakeholders, which include certifications, knowledge events, conferences, publications and mentoring schemes.
The CIBN boss said the mentoring scheme, which provides a platform for young bankers to be groomed and nurtured by senior experienced professionals, has seen about 302 mentees participate and complete the programme.
He said the scheme also focuses on helping future generations of bankers achieve their personal and career objectives faster while ensuring the safety, soundness, and sustainability of the banking industry in the country and beyond.
Opara assured that the mentees are better equipped to perform excellently in both their professional and individual aspirations, given the quality of skills and knowledge acquired during the programme.
“Prioritising your all-around development is essential for long-term personal and career success. By setting aside dedicated time, using technology to your advantage and attending knowledge-sharing events, you can ensure that you are investing in your growth and development,” Opara advised the mentees.
The CIBN boss thanked the mentors for their commitment to the actualisation of the successful completion of the programme.
He said the programmme would continually serve as a platform for interaction, nurturing and support between industry leaders and young banking professionals.
Opara further thanked the mentors’ immense contributions and sacrifice toward helping the young professionals grow their skills, make better decisions, and gain new perspectives on their lives and career.