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Polaris Bank CEO, Abiru charge new employees on opportunities of digital Age

….Graduates trainees from Polaris Bank Business School

Tokunbo Abiru

Tokunbo Abiru, Polaris Bank CEO, has charged the bank’s newly hired employees on the need to be professional in the discharge of their responsibilities as a key ingredient  for a successful banking career.

Abiru gave this charge while speaking at the graduation ceremony of Polaris Graduate Intensive Training (PGIT), in Lagos at the weekend. Addressing the new staff who were enrolled through the bank’s popular graduate trainee programme called, Polaris Graduate Intensive Training (PGIT), the Polaris Bank CEO, advised that upholding professionalism in their respective assignments is the sure route to contributing to national and macro-economic development through their banking career.

“You have been trained to be professionals and leaders, who will make the difference in whatever area of the bank you are deployed to. You are undergoing today’s graduation not because we sought to do you a favour, but because you emerged successful from amongst thousands of Nigerians that sat for the same examination”. Continuing, Abiru noted that “The bank places a high premium on staff training and manpower development as a way of building an informed and competent work force to enable the employees excel in their assigned tasks.

The Polaris Bank boss advised the new management trainees to be nimble and innovative, saying, “Giving the knowledge and experience of the resource persons that you interacted with during this last few weeks, I’m assured that you have acquired positive learnings and memories that would create the foundation of the career that you are about to start.” Abiru added that: “The future of work is changing because we live in a fast-paced era, the bank of the future is therefore, one that harmonizes the strength of its traditional background and combines it with the customer-centric model of the new players; it is one that shifts its focus from trading and wholesale banking to retail banking as this has proven to reduce costs. Retail customers expect to be able to move seamlessly across digital channels such as online and mobile banking” He finally summed up by charging the new employees to remain committed, self-driven and focused on the the future. “Earlier, Polaris Bank’s Head of Human Capital Management, Mr. Taiwo Olupeka, said the 54 graduates were the first successful batch amongst the over 24,000 candidates who sat for the bank’s recruitment test." Olupeka described them as the ‘best of the best’ that emerged after a very rigorous exercise. He charged them to do their best to make the bank the first and leading commercial and retail bank in the country.

Speaking after she received her prize of excellence as the overall best graduating student of the PGIT Stream from the CEO, Miss Titilayo Fawunmi said ”the experience was very educative and I was able to learn a whole lot of new things which has exposed me to what banking industry is all about”. The new employees who are fresh graduates with diverse academic backgrounds and impressive academic records, successfully completed an intensive nine-week basic banking training program at the Polaris CIBN certified training school in Lagos.

A total of 54 fresh graduands successfully passed through the rigorous academic program from which three of the new hires; Titilayo Fawumi, Oluwatobi Giwa and Rantimi Adeyemi, emerged among the top three best graduating students of the stream, with Titilayo Fawunmi carting away the CEO’s grand prize of excellence for her outstanding academic feat.

Polaris Bank is a customer-centric bank positioned to deliver industry-defining products, services and platforms across all the key market segments of the Nigerian economy; serving a wide customer base in the public and private sector, including large and small corporate organizations, SMEs, professional groups and institutions.

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