Uwaleke emerges CIBN Abuja chairman
Nigeria’s first Professor of capital market and the head of banking and finance department at the Nasarawa State University Keffi, Uche Uwaleke has emerged the new chairman of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, Abuja.
Uwaleke’s emergence followed a successful election the Institute held on Thursday in Abuja.
Professor Uwaleke takes over from Mr Tony Ifechikwu who recently retired as a Director with CBN.
Professor Uwaleke’s emergence as chairman makes it the first time someone outside the CBN emerges chairman of the branch.
In his acceptance speech, Uwaleke promised to continue the good works started by his predecessor and take the Abuja CIBN to greater heights.
He pledged to sustain and grow the Bankers Quarterly forum as well as the Bankers’ Dinner and Award Ceremonies, both flagship activities of the Abuja branch.
He will accord priority to the organization of workshops including international conferences aimed at knowledge sharing and bringing members up to speed with developments in the financial world.
Professor Uwaleke, who was unanimously elected as Chairman, promised to leverage his long years of teaching and research in top Universities in Nigeria to grow the membership of the Institute and to work with the national body to ensure that CIBN members take their right of place in the relevant sectors of the country’s economy.
Speaking after the elections, the Chairman of the Electoral Committee, Mr Aluko said the unanimous choice of Uwaleke, a member of the academia, is eloquent testimony of the confidence CIBN members repose in him urging him not to let the Institute down.