June 22, 2009

Wema Bank boss seeks workers’ commitment

By Yinka Kolawole
The new Group Managing   Director, Wema Bank Plc, Mr. Segun Oloketuyi has urged workers of the bank to see themselves as partners and work for progress of the only surviving indigenous financial institution in the country while looking beyond wage agitations.

Speaking at the National Delegates Conference of National Union of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions Employees (NUBIFIE), Wema Bank Chapter in Lagos, Oloketuyi assured that the new management is committed to building a bank that will rank among the best in the country and the continent.

He noted that the roles and contributions of workers in that effect cannot be overemphasized. “I want you to see yourselves as agents of change. Everyone should be involved in building Wema Bank. There is strong need to collaborate and partner together.

Don’t be anti establishment but rather see the bank as an institution that must be protected. You should not just be fighting for wages but see yourselves as stakeholders in the organization,” he said.

Oloketuyi allayed the fears of possible mass retrenchment, stating that the management recognizes the importance of human capital to the development of the bank and that part of his immediate plans is to embark on manpower development towards maximum delivery.

He disclosed that arrangements had been concluded to establish well equipped training schools where the workers would be trained on skills, culture and the new orientation of the bank, adding that only workers that cannot fit into the new culture of the bank have cause to worry.

The new Wema Bank boss restated his commitment to run an open door administration, urging workers to come forward with useful criticisms that would help the organization grow.

In his address, NUBIFIE’s National Secretary, Comrade Segun Ola saluted the new management of the bank, assuring them of their support at all times. He noted that the unions were agents of change in any organization, adding that Wema Bank workers made immense contributions to the current stability of the bank.