The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) Cross River state chapter has elected a 10-member Executive Council (Exco) to run the affairs of the body during the last Annual General Meeting of the Association that took place recently in Calabar, Cross River state

The new Exco is led by Mr. Michael Odere, a Relationship Manager with the Public Sector Strategic Group of First Bank of Nigeria Limited.

Other elected Executive members of CIBN Cross River State chapter are Onoko Ima, as the 1st Vice Chairman; Ogidi Thomas as the 2nd Vice President; Ochem Larry as the Secretary General; Olugu Augustine as the 1st Assistant Secretary General; Inyang Ibanga as the 2nd Assistant Secretary General.

The post of Financial Secretary of the Association is held by Offiong Helen, Others are Ijeoma Karen as the Treasurer; Oluyoko Tosin as the Publicity/Relations Officer and Sholarin Segun as Auditor.

The newly inaugurated Exco taking oath of office

In his acceptance speech, Michael Odere expressed that, more than ever before CIBN would be re-positioned to deliver on the mandate of its founding fathers by this vibrant 10-man Exco.

“I am delighted to have emerged as the President of the association after just a few years of becoming an associate member. I appreciate the confidence reposed in me and other newly elected executives of this association; with our expertise and industry experience we would ensure that we exceed the expectations of all members of the association”, Odere said.

He further commended the outgoing executive for a job well done during their tenure.

Interestingly, the new Chairman, Michael Odere started his banking carrier ten years ago with Ecobank Nigeria Limited where he displayed exceptional abilities that necessitated the creation of the Public Sector/Wealth management team. He later joined Stanbic IBTC bank a member of the Standard Bank Group as a Business Banker before joining one of the Biggest Bank brands in Africa “First Bank of Nigeria Limited”.

Michael is a pioneer Member of the FirstBank Prestigious Leadership Acceleration Programme (LAP). He belongs to several professional bodies. Worthy of note are; Associate, Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN), Associate Member Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), amongst other.

He holds a B.Sc in Geology and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) both from the prestigious University of Calabar.

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