THE new Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Enugu, Rt. Rev. Dr.. Callistus Valentine Chukwuma Onaga, has exhorted bank workers in the country on the essence of keeping to good conduct, banking ethics and regulations in the discharge of their duties. Onaga told the workers of the Enugu Diocese-owned Umuchinemere Pro-credit Micro Finance Bank Nigeria Limited, Enugu (UPMFB) to strictly maintain good personal and professional conduct, banking ethics and friendliness in their work.
The 51-year old prelate spoke in his capacity as the Legal Holder of UPMFB, when he paid his first official visit to the bank since his installation as the new Bishop of Enugu on May 2, 2009, after the retirement of his predecessor, Rt. Rev. Dr. Anthony Okonkwo Gbuji.
Frowning at what he has observed as the unbridled trend and drive to meet targets, happening among banks nowadays in Nigeria, Onaga charged the workers: â€œDonâ€™t talk money, money, money! Talk of behaviour, behaviour, behaviour.â€
He said: â€œThis issue of meeting of target is killing the banking sector of this country. People are no more thinking of how to serve, but are rather thinking of how to make money at all cost.â€
He therefore advised the workers of Umuchinemere Pro-credit Micro Finance Bank not to let the target meeting trend creep into their system and become the order of the day there because â€œI know you are operating within a system where what they do outside could influence your own bank. But please donâ€™t do it.â€
Bishop Onaga exhorted the UPMFB workers to maintain Customer Friendliness in their operations, just like its sister institution, Pax Bank, Cologne, Germany, which he said was a virtue so much cherished by a lot of people, himself being among them.
â€œLet people always say, when we come to Umuchinemere Bank weâ€™re treated like human beings and not just treated like any other bank where people are just going all out for â€˜Targetâ€™ treating person as object, simply because you want to make your moneyâ€, he emphasized, describing the composition of the UPMFB board and management as competent and commendable.
Umuchinemere MFB, a fast growing MFB, with one billion naira Authorised capital base, was established on July 22, 1995 by the then Bishop of Enugu, late Rt. Rev. Dr. Michael Ugwuja Eneja, as a Community Bank, but later transformed into a micro finance bank in February 2007, with a Final License in July the same year.