United Bank for Africa has announced the appointment of Oliver Alawuba as the new group managing director as it named four others as executive directors on its board. The appointment is subject to the approval of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
Alabuwa’s appointment which became effective on Monday, August 1, 2022 will see him overseeing all the Group’s banking operations across its twenty African country network and globally in the United Kingdom, the United States of America, France, and the United Arab Emirates.
The bank also announced the appointment of Muyiwa Akinyemi, as deputy managing director, Sola Yomi-Ajayi, executive director, Treasury and International Banking, Ugochukwu Nwagodoh, executive director, Finance and Risk Management,Mr. Alex Alozie, Executive Director and Group Chief Operating Officer and Ms. Emem Usoro, Executive Director, North Bank.
Oliver Alawuba who replaces Kennedy Uzoka joined UBA in 1997 and has held a series of senior positions, including as the chief executive of UBA Ghana, the chief executive of UBA, Africa and most recently, as group deputy managing director.
UBA group chairman, Tony Elumelu, stated ‘I am very pleased to announce Oliver Alawuba as the new group managing director of the UBA Group. Oliver has extensive experience in Nigeria and our African network and is well equipped to advance our pan-African and global strategy.
“I have no doubt that Oliver will build on the legacy of Kennedy Uzoka, who has exemplified transformational leadership by championing a customer-first philosophy; launching our twentieth operation in Africa, UBA Mali; acquiring a wholesale banking licence for UBA UK in the United Kingdom; and opening our fourth global operation, UBA Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates”.
Alawuba, on his part expressed his commitment to his new role as group managing director saying “I am grateful for the opportunity to lead this great institution and would like to thank the UBA group chairman and the members of the board of directors for the confidence they have put in me to deliver the mandate.”
The newly appointed DMD, Akinyemi, joined UBA in 1998, as a senior banking officer in UBA’s Energy Bank, and has served the Group in Nigeria and our broader Africa network for 24 years.
Also, executive director, Treasury and International Banking, Yomi-Ajayi, has been with the Group since 2004 and has considerable international experience, culminating in her appointment as CEO of UBA America.
Nwagodoh, who was appointed executive director, Finance and Risk Management, joined the Group from PwC in October 2004. He has since held a series of significant roles in the areas of performance management, compliance, financial control and reporting.
The new executive director and group chief operating officer, Alozie, who joined the Group in 2019 and has driven the Group’s digital transformation and operational efficiencies.
Emem Usoro, the executive director, North Bank, joined the Group in 2011 and has served in a series of senior regional appointments across Nigeria, covering the retail, corporate and public sectors.
The board also announced the retirement of the following executive directors, who have completed their tenor, many of whom will continue to serve the broader Group upon regulatory approval of a holding company structure. They are the outgone GMD, Kennedy Uzoka, Uche Ike, Chukwuma Nweke, Ibrahim Puri and Chiugo Ndubisi
A further announcement was made on the retirement of a non-executive director, Ambassador Joe Keshi, who served as vice chairman of the board. This takes effect from August 1, 2022 after a completion of his tenure of 12 years.
The group chairman congratulated the retiring directors on the completion of their tenors and their exemplary records.
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Senate Summons CBN Governor Emefiele Over Naira Depreciation
The Senate has summoned the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, over the depreciation of the naira.
Reports revealed a United States dollar is exchanged to N658 in a parallel market on Wednesday.
The depreciation of the currency fuelled the lawmakers’ decision to invite the CBN governor following a motion by Olubunmi Adetunmbi, senator representing Ekiti north.
Contributing to the debate, Sani Musa, senator representing Niger east, said the naira would appreciate only if the country become a productive one.
“Let’s eat what we have; let’s do with what we have. Naira will continue to appreciate until we start manufacturing,” Musa said.
On her part, Biodun Olujimi, senator representing Ekiti south, accused the CBN of not taking responsibility which has led to the crash of naira.
“Someone should be able to say I have failed, and that is the CBN,” Olujimi said.
“Most of what is happening is because people are taking out the dollar and selling and bringing them back in — we should be penalising somebody for what has happened to the naira-dollar rate.”
“The time has come for us to look holistically into what is happening. What is happening to the dollar is a replica of what is happening to Nigeria.”
The Red Chamber asked the apex bank to stop the express deterioration of the value of the naira.
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Access Bank To Support Education With $1.7m Raised At 2022 UK Charity Polo Tournament
Seeking to improve the state of education in Nigeria, Access Bank has raised $1.7 million at its Charity Polo Tournament held at The Guards Polo Club, Egham, Surrey, United Kingdom on Saturday, 16 July 2022.
The money, the Bank confirms, will be directed towards the building and equipping of over 100 classroom blocks in the less developed areas of Nigeria.
These donations, according to the Group Managing Director of Access Corporation, Herbert Wigwe, “Serve as building blocks towards achieving a brighter future for the country, while challenging the various state governments to take sustainable actions towards ensuring all boys and girls complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education.”
“We thank all attendees and donors for buying into our vision and assure that Access Bank will not relent in its efforts to see that every Nigerian child regardless of tribe, gender and religion is given a fair chance for a better tomorrow.”
Roosevelt Ogbonna, Managing Director of Access Bank, also added that the polo event remained the greatest investment towards ensuring a great future for the vulnerable Nigerian child.
The Polo tournament, which is executed in partnership with Fifth Chukker and UNICEF, in Kaduna, South Africa and the UK has been an extension of Access Bank’s efforts to support anti-poverty and anti-HIV/AIDS campaigns in Nigeria.
This is the first edition of the UK-based tournament to be held since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Nigerians Using Naira To Buy Dollars Will Be Arrested, CBN Warns
The Central Bank of Nigeria has threatened to arrest and prosecute Nigerians using naira to buy dollars.
“For those taking money from banks to buy dollars, it is illegal to do so. If the security agencies hold you, you will know the implication of that,” Godwin Emefiele, CBN governor, said Tuesday at the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting in Lagos.
Reading the riot act to bank customers, Mr Emefiele urged Nigerians illegally exchanging naira for dollar to stop, adding that the apex bank would conduct investigations and bar those found culpable from conducting transactions in Nigerian banks.
Mr Emefiele disclosed the apex bank’s monitoring of customers and banks, warning that the CBN would sanction banks caught in illegal transactions.
“We will conduct investigations, and we will have proof, and you will not be able to conduct transactions in any Nigerian bank. We will place ‘post no debit’ on the defaulting customer’s account. It is a very injurious tool to stop you from conducting illegal flows, either domestic or foreign currency,” added the CBN governor.
The warning followed the central bank’s efforts to prevent further deterioration of the naira’s value and the country’s economy.
The naira on Monday crashed to a historic low at the parallel market, exchanging for N620 against the U.S. dollar, according to the exchange platform Aboki Forex.
The CBN, in July 2021, stopped foreign exchange transactions with bureaux de change.
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