CIBN Holds Conf on ‘Reposition Nigeria’s banking and financial services industry for competitiveness’

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From Left to right : Mr. Rasheed Bolarinwa, Chairman, Media and Publicity subcommittee/ President @acambnigeria ; Mr. Abubakar Suleiman, FCIB, Chairman, Conference Consultative Committee of the 15th Annual Bankers Conference & MD/CEO, Sterling Bank Plc ; Ken Opara, Ph.D. , FCIB, President/Chairman of Council, CIBN and Seye Awojobi, Ph.D., FCIB, Registrar/CE , CIBN at the Press Conference for the 15th Annual Banking and Finance Conference with Theme “Repositioning the Financial Services Industry for an Evolving Glocal Context ” which held today @ The Bankers House and Virtually (Hybrid).


Abubakar Suleiman, Chairman, Consultative Committee of the 15th Annual Banking & Finance Conference and Group Managing Director/CEO, Sterling Bank Plc says On behalf of the Governing Council of The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN), the Consultative Committee of the 15th Annual Banking and Finance Conference and the entire Banking and Finance Community wish to use this medium to genuinely appreciate your passion in using your various platforms to enhance the image of the banking industry in Nigeria through your consistent, extensive and positive coverage of developments within the industry.


The Chairman of The Consultative Committee of The 15th Annual Banking & Finance Conference stated this in his address delivered at a Pre-Conference World Media Conference Held today Friday, August 12, 2022, CIBN House, Victoria Island, Lagos


With your support, Chairman, Consultative Committee of the 15th Annual Banking & Finance Conference further said that the banking sector and the financial industry at large, has continued to enjoy enormous goodwill which has helped to build and sustain public confidence in the sector.


Suleiman said your agenda-setting role and capacity to slant public discourse in favour of our industry, especially at this critical time where a lot of innovative disruptors are impacting the practice and business of banking – globally and locally.


“we are aware of the profound role you play in influencing and shaping public discourse/opinion and your consistent commitment in supporting us in our drive towards building a resilient economy through banking. He also added that we therefore, wish to solicit your support in the comprehensive coverage of the forthcoming 15th Annual Banking and Finance Conference that will be organized in a hybrid format and scheduled for September 13 – 14, 2022 with the theme REPOSITIONING THE FINANCIAL SERVICES INDUSTRY FOR AN EVOLVING GLOCAL CONTEXT.


“The Conference is an annual event and the largest gathering of banking and finance professionals in Nigeria and Africa with an estimated audience of 10,000 comprising professionals, policymakers, regulators, members of the academia, operators, and other stakeholders in the financial services industry. The objective of the Conference is to, among others, provide a veritable platform for subject matter experts and industry stakeholders to drive conversations and unanimously design a clear road map towards repositioning the financial services industry for growth and stability.’


Unlike the last two editions of the Conference, Conference Chairman pointed out there will be one physical location for this year’s Conference at the Congress Hall of Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja.  Participants will also have the opportunity to participate at the event virtually through Zoom Teleconferencing, he reiterated.

Consequently, Suleiman noted that we have engaged technical partners to deploy innovative technology to drive the seamless execution of the Conference on both the physical and the virtual platforms.


He disclosed that the His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is expected to grace the occasion with his presence along other dignitaries such as; His Excellency, Professor Yemi, Osinbajo, GCON, SAN, Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; His Excellency, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Executive Governor of Lagos State; Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, Honourable Minister of Finance, Federal Republic of Nigeria and Mr. Mohammed Musa, Honorable Minister, Federal Capital Territory among other invited dignitaries..


In his words: The Chief Host of the Conference is Mr. Godwin Emefiele, CON, FCIB, Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria while the host is Ken Opara, Ph.D., FCIB, President and Chairman of Council, CIBN.


While, Mr. Farouk Gumel, Chairman of Union Bank of Nigeria Plc., will be speaking on the theme of the Conference and setting the tone for the intellectual discourse that will hallmark the conference as the Keynote Speaker. According to him a total of forty-eight (48) seasoned resource persons have been carefully selected to discuss the various sub-themes and proffer sustainable and workable solutions, he stated. Conference Chairman revealed that this year Conference is structured to feature five (5) Business and four (4) Break-out Sessions with highly engaging topics that are critical to the repositioning of Nigeria’s banking and financial services industry for competitiveness within the global context while staying locally relevant.

“The topics for the Business Sessions are:

  • Banking in Africa: The Role of AfCFTA and PAPSS
  • Nigeria’s Economy in the Last Five years: Lessons Learnt and Choices to Make in the Next Five Years
  • Workforce Globalisation: Opportunities & Threat
  • Banking & Fintech: The Nexus and Opportunities
  • Climate Change: The Role of Financial Services Sector


“The Break-out Sessions will focus on contemporary and pragmatic issues including:


  • Sustainable Financing: Opportunities, Challenges & Solutions for the Energy Sector
  • Food Security: Unlocking Nigeria’s Potential to Feed Africa
  • Creative Economy: Scaling for Jobs
  • Harnessing the Untapped Opportunities in Nigeria’s Healthcare System


“It is worthy of note to inform this gathering of a paradigm shift from the previous conferences. At this year’s event, ongoing research finding on Analysis of Human Capital Attrition in a Glocal Context: A Case Study of the Financial Services Industry, would be shared for information of stakeholders and a value addition to the 15th ABFC.


Suleiman reiterated that this year’s Conference will be uniquely different from previous editions adding that apart from providing the participants a platform to connect with other professionals and industry stakeholders across the world, the conference promises to be intellectually engaging and stimulating. He stressed further that the Business and Break-out Sessions have been carefully structured to address and provide enduring interventions to the myriad challenges confronting Nigeria’s business ecosystem and the financial services industry.

In addition, he noted that we have firmed up arrangement to integrate the millennials or GenY and GenZ as part of the primary target group to drive the conversations at the conference while urge Prospective participants are enjoined to register through the Conference website:


“We solicit your assistance in the areas of quality features, straight news and photo stories editorials and commentaries along with the digital and online media stories. we seek a comprehensive coverage of the Conference during your daily and flagship news bulletins/broadcast—pre, in-conference, closing ceremony and post-conference, starting from Monday, August 15.


In conclusion, he appreciate the Chairpersons of the various Sub-committees of the Consultative Conference, Mrs. Risikatu Ladi Ahmed, Managing Director/Chief Executive, Aso Savings and Loans; Mrs. Funke Feyisitan-Ladimeji, Executive Director, Coronation Merchant Bank; Mrs. Ijeoma Ozulumba, Executive Director, Corporate Services, Development Bank of Nigeria and Mrs. Yemisi Lowo-Adesola, immediate past Managing Director and Head, Financial Institutions, Africa, Standard Chartered Bank and not forgetting the Chairman of the Media & Publicity Sub Committee & President of Association of Corporate Affairs Managers of Banks (ACAMB), Mr. Rasheed Bolarinwa for overseeing the hosting of this Pre-Conference Media Briefing . Also worthy of mention is an indefatigable General Manager of my Bank, Sterling Bank, Mrs. Mojisola Bakari-Asieru, and the National Treasurer of the Institute, who has always held forte in my absence and the Registrar/Chief Executive of CIBN, Dr. ‘Seye Awojobi for wonderful job.




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