ASABA-President/Chairman of Council, Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, CIBN, Prof. Segun, has asked the Rector, Delta State Polytechnic, Ogwashi-Ukwu, Prof. Stella Chiemeke, to partner the institute by striking a linkage partnership agreement with it to enable the institute bring its professional prowess to bear in the institution.
Prof. Segun stated this in Ogwshi-Ukwu, when he led management team of CIBN and Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Asaba branch on a courtesy call on the rector of the institution.
He said, before now, it used to restrict its linkage agreement to Banking and Finance exclusively, but the Council, in its wisdom few months ago, extended the agreement to four other departments in universities or polytechnics-Accounting, Economics, Marketing and Business Administration with a view to contribute to the banking sector and Nigerian economy.
He appealed to the Rector to expedite actions towards the commencement of linkage programme in the various departments of interest in the institution.
The CIBN boss added “As part of efforts to develop the youths, we want you to engage more ACIB holders-our flagship qualification in the tutelage. Also, we have other qualifications that come by way of certification.
“We want you to engage more of these professionally trained and experienced hands that will be able to share first-hand their lives experience with your students in the banking sector, which will in turn help immensely to develop them for the task ahead.”
He noted that the institute also tries to infuse ethics and professionalism in the cause of their linkage programme with host institutions to aid them since the profession was a delicate.
He said ” At the moment, we have seen students who graduate from our higher institutions looking for ‘quick ways’ to succeed in life and that is one of the challenges we have had, and that is one of the responsibility of this institute to develop those we adjudged as qualified for the revered profession.”
He disclosed that the institute has a sabbatical arrangement in place for top level academics could come to the institute to undertake their sabbatical leave so that they (academics) could add value to the institute and the institute doing same.
He urged the polytechnic to collaborate with the institute to organize seminars, workshops and conferences to enable the students interact with its members (professionals) who have made headway in the profession for improved output on graduation.
Responding, rector of the polytechnic, Prof. Stella Chiemeke, thanked the professional institute for the initiative, assuring that the institution would do everything within its powers to key into the institutes’ agenda.
She said We promise to partner with the Delta State chapter of your institute and to provide all that is needed for the institute to bring its professional touch to bear in our institution with regards to capacity building for our students.”