October 7, 2015
FirstBank Promotes Youth Empowerment at the Sigma 65th Anniversary Public Lecture
First Bank of Nigeria Limited (FirstBank), Nigeria’s most valuable bank brand, has again reinforced its commitment to Youth Empowerment and Entrepreneurship through its sponsorship of the Sigma 65th Anniversary Lecture. The lecture which is scheduled to hold on October 8, 2015 at the FirstBank Building, University of Ibadan is organised to engender social engineering for a better society. Dr. Sola Adeduntan, Executive Director/Chief Financial Officer and Managing Director-designate FirstBank would deliver the keynote lecture at the event with focus on the topic “Addressing Youth Employment through Entrepreneurship”.
FirstBank has had diverse interventions in promoting thought leadership, policy influencing initiatives and financial inclusion in Nigeria. A critical focus has been in the area of SME development which the Bank considers as pivotal to economic development. The Bank is also concerned with promoting initiatives that will stimulate the advancement of skill acquisition and capacity building for the Nigerian Youth to equip them for a bright future.
The Bank’s sponsorship of the Sigma 65th Anniversary Lecture is in tandem with the noble objectives of the Sigma Club which includes building and instilling values into its members. In a statement by the Bank’s spokesperson, Folake Ani-Mumuney, FirstBank’s core values of people, passion and partnership very much aligns with the vision of the Sigma club. “We are happy to partner with Sigma Club in building our youth to become tomorrow’s leaders”, she stated.
Sigma Club was founded in 1950 and was established as a social philanthropic student’s organisation. The 65th Anniversary Lecture is expected to assemble notable thought leaders and renowned experts in the banking sector, heads of academic and research institutions, staff, students and principal officers within the university community.
First Bank of Nigeria Limited, a subsidiary of FBN Holdings Plc, is Nigeria’s leading financial services institution by total assets and gross earnings and one of the largest corporate and retail banking financial institutions in sub-Saharan Africa (excluding South Africa). Since its establishment in 1894, the Bank has consistently built relationships with customers focusing on fundamentals of good corporate governance, strong liquidity, risk management and strong capitalization.
FirstBank operates an extensive distribution network with over 750 business locations (623 branches, 61 quick service points and 69 cash centers/agencies), over 2,464 ATM’s and over 10 million customer accounts. The Bank provides a comprehensive range of financial services and has international presence through its subsidiaries, FBN Bank (UK) Limited in London and Paris, FBNBank DR Congo, FBNBank Ghana, International Commercial Bank (ICB) The Gambia, Guinea, Sierra-Leone and Senegal as well as its Representative Offices in Johannesburg, Beijing and Abu Dhabi.
FirstBank is the recipient of many awards. The Bank has been named “The Best Bank Brand in Nigeria” four times in a row – 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 – by the globally renowned “The Banker Magazine” of the Financial Times Group. FirstBank’s brand purpose is to always put its stakeholders, customers and partners at the heart of its business, even as it is poised to standardize customer experience and excellence in financial solutions across Sub Saharan Africa, in consonance with its brand vision “To be the partner of first choice in building your future”. The brand promise is to always deliver the ultimate “gold standard” of value and excellence. This commitment is anchored on the FirstBank’s inherent values of passion, partnership and people, to position its customers first in every respect.
For three consecutive years, 2012, 2013 and 2014, FirstBank was named the “Best Retail Bank in Nigeria” by the Asian Banker International Excellence in Retail Financial Services Awards. Other recent awards include the “Best Bank in Nigeria” in the Euromoney Awards for Excellence, “Best Bank in West Africa” and “Most Innovative Bank in Africa” in the African Banker Awards, “Best Bank in Nigeria” in the EMEA Finance African Banking Awards for the fourth time, “Best Foreign Exchange Services in Africa” in the EMEA Finance Treasury Services Awards, “Best Banking Group in Nigeria” by World Finance Banking Awards, and “Best Financial Reporting Company” by Africa Investor.
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