CIBN accredits Access Bank, GTBank training schools0
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.