Caption: From left, Group Managing Director/CEO, Zenith Bank Plc, Dr. Ebenezer Onyeagwu and the President/CEO, CFA Institute, Margaret Franklin during the signing of an MOU between Zenith Bank and the CFA Institute to develop human capital in finance and investment, recently.
Zenith Bank Plc, on Thursday said it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute to promote efforts and activities that support the formation, training, and updating of human capital in finance and investment for the overall development of the Nigerian financial services sector.
Group Managing Director/CEO of Zenith Bank Plc, Dr. Ebenezer Onyeagwu signed the memorandum on behalf of the bank, while the President/Chief Executive of the Institute, Margaret Franklin; and the President of CFA Society Nigeria, Ibukun Oyedeji also signed on Tuesday, November 28, 2023.
Speaking at the ceremony, according to a statement by the bank, Dr. Onyeagwu commended the Institute and the CFA Society, Nigeria for their laudable programmes in developing finance and investment professionals in the country.
He particularly noted the institutes various initiatives, including Women in Investment Management , CFA Institute Research Challenge, CFA Society Nigeria Ethics Challenge and University Affiliation Programme, describing them as very laudable, while assuring that the bank will continue to partner with the Institute and her Nigerian arm to ensure that young finance and investment professionals get the needed support for their career development.
In his words, “as a good corporate citizen, Zenith Bank remains committed to furthering the economic, cultural and social development of the society. As such, we continue to support projects and initiatives that have long-term social and economic benefits for our various publics and stakeholders. Partnering with the CFA Institute and the CFA Society Nigeria is therefore a demonstration of our commitment to building professional excellence in the finance services industry in Nigeria.”
At the CFA Institute Africa Investment Conference, during the ‘Journey to the Top: A Discourse with CEOs’ segment, Dr. Onyeagwu inspired future finance and investment professionals to uphold the highest standards of integrity. He stressed the importance of making difficult yet high-quality decisions, building robust networks, and dedicating themselves to hard work for career success.
According to him, “as upcoming professionals, the opportunities are immense for you. Africa doesn’t get bigger than Nigeria. There is scarcity of the right kind of people that have the talent, that have the character and the leadership to provide leadership in organizations. Make a decision to be one of those, make a decision to be different. You must be driven by your passion; you must delay gratification. In Zenith what is driving us is the strive for excellence. It is not about who you are and where you come from. We have the best class of talents you can think of anywhere in the world.”
He assured the young finance and investment professionals that Zenith Bank will offer immediate employment opportunity to CFA Charter Holders and those who qualify as Chartered Accountants.
Also speaking on the MoU, the President/CEO, CFA Institute, Margaret Franklin reiterated the Institute’s commitment to the professional development of students and upcoming professionals.
For her, “there are many things that we do for students, we invest heavily in students and why is that? Because they are our future. The mission of the CFA Institute is to lead the investment industry with the highest standards of ethics, education and professional excellence for the ultimate benefit of society and that starts with our CFA programme”. She commended Zenith Bank for its continued support to the CFA Society Nigeria and sponsorship of the CFA Institute Research Challenge over the years. She also commended the bank for being one of the top employers of CFA members in the country. She expressed her admiration of the culture of excellence in Zenith Bank.
Also speaking at the MoU signing ceremony, the President of CFA Society Nigeria, Ibukun Oyedeji commended Zenith Bank for its partnership with CFA Society Nigeria and its commitment to the development of young finance professionals in the country.
The the CFA Institute Africa Investment Conference is being hosted by the CFA Institute and CFA Societies from Ghana, East Africa, South Africa and Mauritius. The conference has representatives from over 20 universities in Nigeria (members of their investment clubs being supported by CFA Society).