By Favour Nnabugwu
The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria has concluded arrangement to host the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele, at the 56th Annual Bankers Dinner.
The event is scheduled to hold on Friday, November 26, 2021, at Balmoral Convention Centre, Federal Palace Hotel, Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos by 5.00 p.m.
A statement from CIBN noted that it will be a hybrid, that is, both virtual (through Zoom teleconferencing) and physical to embrace high and quality participation across the globe
Emefiele will address the audience on recent economic and financial market developments over the past year and the economic outlook for the coming year.
Also, Mr. Babatunde Sanwo-Olu, Executive Governor, Lagos State and his Oyo State counterpart, Engr. Oluwaseyi Makinde are expected to deliver goodwill messages.
The Annual Bankers’ Dinner is a thought-led socio-economic event of the industry and being the biggest high-profile social forum organised annually by the Institute for the banking and finance industry, distinguished personalities including captains of industry, top executives of banks and non-banking institutions including CEOs and chairmen, diplomatic missions, top government functionaries, legislators, accomplished businessmen, academics and other stakeholders are usually gathered to interact and network under a pleasant social setting.
His Excellency, Ambassador Cui Jianchun, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Nigeria, is expected to present the toast of the Federal Republic of Nigeria while Dr. (Mrs.) Ije Jidenma, President, Institute of Directors, Nigeria, will propose the toast of The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria
According to the statement, Dr. Bayo Olugbemi, President/Chairman of Council, CIBN, will deliver the welcome address as chief host. At the same time ‘Seye Awojobi, Registrar/CEO, CIBN, will host the Dinner.
Other top dignitaries expected at the occasion include: Senator Ahmed Lawan, Senate President; Rt (Hon) Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker, House of Representatives; Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, Hon. Minister of Finance; Alhaji Aliko Dangote, President/Chairman, Dangote Group; Mr. Fola Adeola, Chairman, Fate Foundation, Dr. Jim Ovia, Chairman, Zenith Bank Plc; Dr. Lamido Yuguda, DG, SEC; Dr. Tony Elumelu, Chairman, Heirs Holdings; Mr. Hassan Bello, Managing Director/Chief Executive, NDIC; all-states’ Commissioners of Finance; all Deputy Governors and Directors of Central Bank of Nigeria; all Chairmen and Managing Directors/CEOs of banks; among others.
This year’s dinner, according to CIBN, promises to be unique as the Organising Committee, under the leadership of the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Wema Bank Plc, Mr. Ademola Adebise, has introduced several new initiatives to make it a night to celebrate, recognise, impact and inspire within the industry.
One of such initiatives is to honour deserving individuals who stepped up beyond the call of duty in the fight against Covid-19, who ensured business continuity despite the pandemic’s scourge and promoted the banking industry’s values and ideals.
At the event, over 2,500 participants worldwide are expected to participate both physically and virtually.
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