The Association of Professional Women Bankers of Nigeria (APWB) has restated its commitment to promoting integrity and professionalism in the banking sector despite the current challenges, in the economy.
Speaking at the yearly general meeting of the association at the weekend, the Chairperson, Mrs Taiwo Ige, stated that in face of the myriad challenges facing the sector, members must continue to uphold integrity and honesty in all their dealings, stressing that change of attitude is key to laying groundwork for seeking solutions to the problems.
On the activities of the group in the previous year, Ige pointed out that the association carried out career counseling programme for senior secondary school students in some schools in Lagos; embarked on aggressive membership drive resulting in the creation of zonal offices in Abuja and Umuahia; developed a website to serve as outreach to members both within and outside the country and partnered Mass Medical Mission to offer free cervical screening exercise for market women at Sabo market, Yaba, among others.
She also disclosed that arrangements had been concluded to establish Professional Women Bankers Multipurpose Comprehensive Society, which will be beneficial to members and those that are retired or out of job, adding efforts are also being made to build a permanent secretariat.
The women banker leader further explained that, the association was doing all it takes to enhance the battered image of the profession, stating that as part of its rebranding efforts, the association will hold a conference with the theme: Professionalism, Ethics and Integrity next month with Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa as the guest speaker.
In his comments, the Registrar of the parent body, Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN), Dr. â€œUju Ogubunka lauded the numerous achievements of the association, particularly their efforts at rebranding the profession.
The Registrar, who was represented by Mr. Segun Sonubi, membership department, assured the women bankers of the Instituteâ€s support at all times, advising them to intensify efforts on its membership drive.
The APWB, which came into being in 1983 is for all female Fellows, Honourary Senior Members and associates o CIBN. It seeks to explore ideas, gain knowledge and opportunities using the culture of integrity, transparency, accountability, high ethical value and professionalism. The association with over 700 members has zonal offices in Abuja, Enugu, Ibadan and Umuahia.