The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria has relaunched its ‘mentoring scheme’ to mould and transform young professionals in the banking industry.
The CIBN spokesman, Nelson Olagundoye, in a statement sent to Financial Street on Friday, noted that the scheme would address gaps identified in the industry.
According to the statement, stakeholders who spoke at the event on ‘Mentoring: Unlocking Career Potentials and Possibilities,’ there was a need to use the scheme to maintain professionalism.
Speaking, the Director General of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Lamido Yuguda, special guest at the event, said, “To the young bankers, I enjoined you to make the best use of this rare opportunity. I am confident that with the corporation of all stakeholders, the CIBN mentoring scheme will be a point of reference for others.”
In his remark, the CIBN President, Bayo Olugbemi, said the institute had “identified mentoring as a potent tool for bridging the gap between learning and doing.”
He added, “To uphold ethics and professionalism which is the hallmark of the banking Industry, accomplished, experienced bankers need to mentor the young and upcoming ones in order to sustain the ideals of our industry.”
A former Company Secretary of FBN Holdings Plc, Tijani Borodo, pointed out that a banker must have good character, be trustworthy and honest.
Borodo called on the regulators to pursue professionalism, capacity, and competency-building practitioners in the banking industry.
Also speaking, the Deputy Director of Enterprise Development Centre, Pan Atlantic University, Nneka Okekearu, said mentoring ought to be reciprocal and collaborative for the mentee’s growth, learning, and career development.