Global Head, Human Resources at First Bank Nigeria Limited & Subsidiaries, Rosie Ebe-Arthur, advised the staff to invest in themselves. She encouraged the staff to deliver the best customer services.
She added: “We are a bank, in the business of trust and confidentiality. We need to keep confidential information confidential. Go forth into our bank and bear good fruit”.
“The way you invest in yourself is very important. Deliver the best customer services. Also, integrity and credibility are very important. It is so easy to lose away. You have to stand for something or fall for anything. Take pride in yourself and your work. Be responsible for the work you do. Detect problems and solve them before they escalate,” she said.
Ebe-Arthur said that with 126 years’ experience, FirstBank has a great heritage and is boldly reinventing the future. “If you are doing something and you do not feel fear, that’s not good enough,” she said.
Also speaking, Ini Ebong, Chairman, First Academy Governing Council, said that the inaugural set started with 42 people but 28 stood the test of time and completed the program.
Ebong said people were assets needed for the growth and development of any establishment. He noted that the graduands had been equipped with all facets of what they need in the bank to be good leaders.
“The program is here to stay, we will continue to reinvest and reinvent our people to create the kind of leadership we want for the bank in future,” Ebong stated.
During the virtual program, some graduands were recognized at the event for outstanding performance and contributions during the program. They are Mofoluwasho Nasiru (Notable change agent), Mr. Bolaji Adepoju (Servant Leader), Mr. Princejoe Nnaji (Outstanding think tank), and Ms. Bridget Imokhai (Engagement Champion ).
Others are Mr. Henry Abadua as the most composed associate, Rapulu Chukwu Ajekwe as the best team player and Mr. Babajide Olusesi as the best in class, having scored the highest.
Imokhai, speaking on her experience during the program, commended the management of FirstBank for the FMAP initiative.
She said the program pushed them from their comfort zones to achieve great things.
The FMAP was designed by the bank as a 24-month fast-track comprehensive developmental program. The program was specifically designed to build a generation of leaders who would be groomed to drive the bank’s vision.
It was introduced in furtherance of the bank’s strategic objective of infusing and developing leadership at requisite levels across its staff hierarchy.
FMAP, which kicked off in 2018, is aimed at identifying young, smart, highly competent, and talented individuals with uncommon skills and competencies across various disciplines.