The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) yesterday officially recognised the training schools of Access Bank Plc and Guaranty Trust Bank Plc (GTBank) as accredited training service providers in the banking category of the institute by presenting accreditation certificates to both banks.
The CIBN also signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Rhema University, Aba, for its ACIB/Degree linkage programme.
Speaking during the presentation of accreditation certificates to the banks, the President and Chairman of Council, CIBN, Mrs. Debola Osibogun said the banks met the requirements for accreditation and were in compliance with the Central Bank of Nigeria’s competency framework.
Osibogun disclosed that graduates from the academy, irrespective of their background would be granted exceptions in certain subjects, even as she stressed the need for capacity building in banks.
“The accreditation will open more rooms for intending members to come on board and write our professional examinations,” she said.
“It will go down in history that these are the first set of accreditation certificates to be presented to academies and training Service Providers in Nigeria. With this accreditation, GTBank Academy and Access Bank Academy have the stamp of authority to train their workforce and by extension building capacity for the banking and finance industry in Nigeria as required under the competency framework.
“In addition, graduates of these academies will be granted generous exemptions in the flagship ACIB examinations of the Institute. Information at my disposal is that graduates of these academies, irrespective of their background, will be granted exemptions in nine subjects, a reflection on the high quality standards of their curriculum,” she added.
Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Access Bank, Herbert Wigwe, who was represented by the Executive Director, Commercial Banking, Roosevelt Ogbonna noted that the bank over the past years, have had excellent long standing relationship with CIBN and it is going one step further with the accreditation.
Wigwe added: “We cannot stop building and investing in our people. As banks and service providers, the competency we sell is the people we have.”
He said employees of the bank would continue to take advantage of the robust learning system and structures at the institute to enhance productivity.
Wigwe also expressed delight over the partnership with CIBN, saying that he looked forward to a more unending relationship.
March 23, 2015 | Support
The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) recently embarked on restructuring of its management in the Directorate of Operations as Mr. Nnanna Ugbaga, formerly the ASM, Abuja station, assumes duty as General Manager, Airspace Planning.
Ugbaga takes over from Mr. Segun Ogunmola who is currently the Acting Director of Operations. Also Mr. Marcel Onwuakpa, who is currently ASM, Port Harcourt now takes over the helms of affairs as General Manager, Search and Rescue/CMC. Ugbaga began his career in 1981 as an ATC Assistant. He holds B.Sc in Political Science from the University of Calabar, apart from several ratings obtained in the course of training. Onwuakpa also joined the service in 1981.
A highly experienced Air Traffic Controller with several ratings, he holds B.Sc in Public Administration from University of Abuja. In another development, NAMA recently offered pre-retirement training to 34 retiring and retired staff. NAMA said in a statement on Monday that the training, a 5-day workshop, was designed to prepare the beneficiaries for life after paid employment. Of the 34 staff, 15 were from headquarters, 5 from MMIA while 14 were from out-stations across the country.
Dr. Uwem Akangson, Director of Human Resources, NAMA, described the initiative as part of the holistic strategy of the agency’s management to improve general welfare of its staff, whether retired or in service. The workshop, which took place at the Bezer Hotel, Otta, Ogun State was facilitated by International Gazielle Ltd with the theme, “Health Management in Retirement; Preparing to Retire into a Business Venture/Vocation; Making a Will and Contributory Pension Scheme in Perspective.”
March 13, 2015 | Support
Electronic Engineering graduate of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, had a dream of working in an organization that would provide him the platform to practise what he studied in the University.
His joy knew no bounds when he was eventually hired by the Nigerian Bottling Company Ltd, NBC, the non-alcoholic beverage giant, as one of the Graduate Trainees in 2013. He was further overwhelmed with joy when he assumed duty and was placed on 15 months training at the Company’s Technical Training Centre, TTC, Ikeja.
Nnanna is just one of the hundreds of beneficiaries of NBC’s capability development initiative. Indeed, capacity building and talent development should be a major focus of any organization that wants to run a sustainable business. This is true to the extent that enhanced employee capacity has a direct link with productivity and national economic growth. Organisations vote sizeable part of their annual budget to the continuous training and retraining of their workforce because of its direct impact in shaping the organisations, their operating environments and ultimately, their consumers.
NBC, a company incorporated in Nigeria in 1961 and a major driver of the Coca-Cola Hellenic Group, has over the years proven to be one of the few companies that are genuinely committed to the Nigerian economy and manpower development. With a clear definition of purpose and strategic mandate to help sustain the operation of a viable business entity, which in turn ensures sustained economic growth on a larger scale, NBC in 1996 set up the TTC.
Among others, the objectives of the Centre include: consistent provision of a pool of resourceful and competent engineers and technicians conversant with the highly demanding technology and operating environment in the beverage industry; continuous provision of high technical and leadership competencies training to young Nigerians; and commitment to stimulation of performance, improved productivity as well as value-added production capacity that engender economic growth.
Over 18 years down the line, the TTC has gained the reputation as a platform for provision of technical manpower for Nigeria’s industrial sector by ensuring an open-door policy that avails young people who meet certain criteria into the institute the opportunity to acquire technical training. Products of the Centre are known to demonstrate high technical and leadership competencies which earn them accelerated career progression within the organization.
March 13, 2015 | Support
Electronic Engineering graduate of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, had a dream of working in an organization that would provide him the platform to practise what he studied in the University. His joy knew no bounds when he was eventually hired by the Nigerian Bottling Company Ltd, NBC, the non-alcoholic beverage giant, as one of the Graduate Trainees in 2013.
He was further overwhelmed with joy when he assumed duty and was placed on 15 months training at the Company’s Technical Training Centre, TTC, Ikeja. Nnanna is just one of the hundreds of beneficiaries of NBC’s capability development initiative. (more…)
March 6, 2015 | Support