It was glitz and glamor yesterday, as the Chartered Institute of Bankers Nigeria (CIBN), Cross River State Chapter held its annual Bankers Night in Calabar.
This year’s CIBN Bankers Night provided an excellent opportunity to network, celebrate and recognize the very best in the industry.
The chairman of CIBN in Cross River State, Mr. Michael Odere expressed his delight over the large turnout at the ceremony.
He tagged the maiden edition “a tip of the iceberg” as he aims to champion the course to an enviable height come next year.
“I’m so glad I witnessed this today. This is the maiden edition and I can assure you next year’s edition will be more superb.
“I’m very passionate about the banking sector and I believe this is an opportunity to bring us [colleagues] together to chat a way forward for our collective growth.”
The event which held with pump and pageantry had top bankers and other distinguished dignitaries from other sectors of the economy, members of other professional bodies, top Government functionaries, Fellows, Honourary Senior Members, Associates, Microfinance Certified, among others.
Other notable personalities who graced the event include – the Cross River State Accountant General, Mr. Joe Adie, Cross River State Commissioner of Police, Aminu Alhassan, Cross River State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Betta Edu, MD Cross River State Tourism Bureau, John Utsu, former Cross River State Attorney General, Attah Ochinke, former Commissioner for Information, Mr Patrick Ugbe, M.D Summit Hills, Joe Edet and a host of others.
Highlights of the ceremony were the presentation of awards to deserving patrons.
The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) is the umbrella professional body for bankers in Nigeria. The CIBN was incorporated in 1976 as the Nigerian Institute of Bankers. It was chartered in 1990, and is now covered by the CIBN Act 5 of 2007. The Institute is authorized to control entry into the banking profession, to set standards for bankers and to maintain professional ethics through sanctions of erring members.