… Hosts CIBN Team, expresses hope for further future collaboration
Governor Seyi Makinde has stated that going forward, his administration will collaborate with the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) to integrate the Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) system of banks into the Oyo State Government’s security architecture to improve security within and around banks in the state.
The Governor received the visitors, led by the CIBN president; Mr Bayo Olugbemi, in his Secretariat office for a courtesy visit. He also added that he hoped to collaborate with them on physical development and capacity building for its relevant workforce in the state.
A statement released by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary afterwards quoted the governor commanding the efforts of the institute as well as the banking industry at large for their contributions toward the welfare of Oyo State, especially in regards to beefing up security. He also added that his administration will continue to support the CIBN’s activities.
He said: “It will always be my pleasure to support CIBN activities. I believe some of the things you listed, like having you contribute to the budgetary process, is on currently. We invited CIBN and even other professional bodies.”
“We went around the state to have stakeholders’ engagements at the local levels and all those inputs were put together for our budget. So, if you are not aware, or it was not done through the proper channel, I think they are aware now and will do it.”
“On the request for the members of civil service here to take advantage of training and retraining from the institute, we will look into that. I know that one thing this administration has done is to give opportunities to our people to up their game. So, this actually fits into our efforts in that direction, and we will take advantage of that.”
“Also, we will be willing to share our own experiences dealing with governance at both the state and the local levels. So, collaborating with the CIBN is, for me, a given and I will always look from a situation where both sides have benefits to take out of such interaction.”
“As an administration, we are pushing really hard on the security of lives and property and you will agree with me that banking environments are places that are vulnerable and prone to attacks.”
“We have, through the Executive Assistant on Security, tried to reach out to banks around here to install CCTV cameras and basically integrate them into our own security network.”
“Even though I may go out to take responsibilities for some of the lapses in the area of security, it is actually something that is collective. In the report I read yesterday, a village head and his wife were kidnapped. We have said to the people within that environment that if they see something, they should say something to us. We have the 615 emergency security number. They should call the number and we will do our own bit to respond quickly. I will be glad if the institute is able to support and assist us, which I think will lead to a little bit of improvement.”
Governor Makinde promised to allot a portion of land to the institute so it could build its secretariat in Oyo State and called it another avenue for them to contribute to the expansion of Oyo State’s economy.
“The SSG is here and we have heard all your requests. I think the least of our problems is to find land for you and we will definitely do that.”
“We want physical development because we want to expand our economy. So, once we see people that are willing to build, we will definitely make land available for them,” he said.
The CIBN President, Mr Olugbemi stated that the banking industry would continue to partner with the Seyi Makinde-led Oyo State administration to achieve its goal to help elevate the state to greater heights.
He restated the CIBN’s commitment to collaborate with the Oyo State government to organize a yearly seminar on banking and allied matters for the Oyo State Judiciary. He also mentioned how the CIBN has over 20 years of experience operating similar programs for judges across Nigeria to leverage.
He rounded up his statement by telling the governor that the CIBN was willing to partner with the relevant Oyo State ministries to enhance the banking and finance knowledge of their personnel.
“I am happy to be here in Ibadan. We thank you for giving us the opportunity to have this audience with you today and we commend your laudable achievement, especially in the areas of education, infrastructure, youth development, security, and other sectors in the state.
“We want to appreciate your support to the banking industry by way of support and effective security system, which has provided an enviable environment for the banking and finance industry to thrive in the state.
“We are here to discuss how we can deepen the relationship with the Oyo State Government towards the growth and development of the state and the nation at large,” he said.