The Unilorin – CIBN Joint Degree Linkage Committee has been inaugurated to midwife the Banking degree programme of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) at the University of Ilorin.
The CIBN President, Mrs. ‘Debola Osibogun, disclosed this last Monday (June 22, 2015) during a courtesy call on the Vice-Chancellor, Prof AbdulGaniyu Ambali (OON).
Members of the committee from the University of Ilorin are: Prof. (Mrs.) N. Y. S. Ijaiya, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic); Prof. Ayodele Jimoh, the Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences; and Dr. M. A. Ijaiya, the Ag. Head of the Department of Finance while the members from the CIBN are: Mr. Segun Shonubi, the Group Head, Membership Services; Mr. Akin Morakinyo, Group Head, Capacity Building and Certification; and Mr. Biodun Alarape, Zonal Coordinator, South West.
Mrs. Osibogun, who commended the University of Ilorin on its prime position among Nigerian universities by becoming the most sought-after of the nation’s 147 universities, pointed out that the CIBN is filling the knowledge gap that has been observed in the sector through the ACIB/degree linkages with higher institutions of learning.
She noted that the University of Ilorin is among the first universities to commence the linkage programme, adding that the CIBN programmes would help to produce “refined, qualified and better bankers.”
While thanking the Unilorin Vice-Chancellor for the warm reception accorded her and members of her entourage, the CIBN President recalled the event of November 28, 1963 when 124 bankers assembled at Randle Hall, Surulere, Lagos and passed a resolution for the establishment of the Local Centre of the Institute of Bankers, London, in Nigeria with the mandate of promoting banking education in Nigeria and esprit-de-corps among professional bankers.
She explained that the body is saddled with the responsibility of determining the standards of knowledge and skills to be attained by persons seeking to become members of the banking profession, adding that it also secures, in accordance with the provisions of the Act establishing it, the establishment and maintenance of a register of members of the banking profession.
Mrs. Osibogun also disclosed that the CIBN conducts professional examinations leading to the awards of certificates as may be prescribed by the Institute and ensures the furtherance, maintenance and observance of ethical standards and professionalism among practitioners of the banking profession in Nigeria.
She then used the occasion to invite lecturers in the Department of Banking and Finance and members of the University management to the Institute’s upcoming programmes that include Seminar for educators, Annual Conference of Banking and Finance Professionals, CIBN Investiture and the Annual Dinner. The programmes are scheduled to hold in November this year.
In his response, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ambali, described the CIBN as a friend and a partner. He said that the University has great respect for the banking industry, which he noted, reflects in the allocation of a land space on the campus dedicated to banking activities.
Prof. Ambali said, “As a progressive institution, we grab every opportunity that comes our way to advance education. We are not only stable; we also offer qualitative education that is of international standard.”
On how to maintain the University’s number one position in Nigeria, the Vice-Chancellor opined that refining the good things the University is doing and improving the areas of deficiencies are the only ways to remain the number one university in the country.
“We want our students to abide by the ethics of their professions. We look forward to the successful implementation of our linkage programme, as we believe charity must begin at home. We are in support of anything that adds value to what we are doing”, Prof. Ambali said.
The CIBN President was accompanied on the visit by the Kwara State CIBN Branch chairperson, Mrs. Bolaji Bosede; the Group Head, Membership Services, Mr. Segun Shonubi, a Director, Chief G. A. Oyinloye; and the General Secretary, Mr. Jinadu H. Olayiwola.