Serene. Orderly. Decent. These words may not be enough to capture the real image of the Banker’s House, CIBN Building, Victoria Island, Lagos, where the elections which installed a fresh executive council of the elitist Association of Corporate Affairs Managers of Banks (ACAMB) was conducted on January 19, 2022.
The ACAMB, which was registered on September 16, 1996 with registration number 10846, is an umbrella association of communications and marketing professionals, who earn a living in Nigeria’s banking sector.
From now till 2024, the association is under leadership captained by Mr Rasheed Bolarinwa, current head of Corporate Communications department of Polaris Bank, having successfully emerged through the elections witnessed by an appreciable number of stakeholders, all of whom applauded the electoral committee headed by Mr. Segun Shonubi for its transparent disposition.
Shonubi specifically affirmed that all aspirants for the advertised position had met minimum requirements as outlined in the association’s constitution and, thus, qualified to stand for the election.
Also victorious at the polls included, First Bank’s Mr. Oze K. Oze, First Vice President; Mrs. Lola Egboh of First City Monument Bank (FCMB), Second Vice President; while the new Secretary-General is Mr. Sipe Babajide of Ecobank.
The new Assistant Secretary General is Mr. Omede Odekina of United Bank for Africa (UBA), with Mr. Patrick Osilaja of Fidelity Bank emerging the Financial Secretary.
Treasurer is Wema Bank’s Mrs. Funmilayo Falola is the new Treasurer, Publicity Secretary, Mr. Abdul Imoyo of Access Bank and Mrs. Ozena Utulu of Heritage Bank, Social Secretary.
The Tabloid.net gathered that the immediate past President, a staff from CBN, NDIC and CIBN respectively would serve as Ex-officios.
President Bolarinwa, in his post-election speech, assured members of his readiness to reposition the association as a foremost professional body of which all members would all be proud, adding his vision includes innovating post-retirement strategy that ensures members have a sustainable livelihood long after exiting the industry.
He promised, “I will be committed to my vision, which is to reposition ACAMB as a foremost professional Association that encourages and ensures every marketing communications professional in the Banks aspires and attains the highest level of professional recognition and fulfillment on the job while at the same time being assured of a sustainable livelihood long after exiting the industry..
Bolarinwa, who served in the past executive as a two-term secretary general, restated his commitment to the upliftment of members in line with his electioneering promises anchored on the four-pillar themed PEAL: Partnership & Platform, Engagement, Advocacy, and Learning & Value-addition (PEAL).
He further assured that ACAMB under his leadership would seek partnerships and platforms among strategic institutions and stakeholders with a view to delivering value to members, as well as enhancing professionalism.
The president also said his team would embark on advocacy aimed to deepen awareness and knowledge of the banking industry and its contributions to national socio-economic growth.
The president is 1996 graduate of Mass Communication and holder of a Master’s degree from the University of Ibadan and another Master of Science degree from UNESCO-certified Mass Communication department of University of Lagos.
He is a member of numerous professional bodies, including Fellow of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (NIMN); Registered Practitioner, Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON), and Member, Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR).
He has also attended several high- impact function-specific and leadership trainings at top business schools in Nigeria and overseas.
“There is nothing more to say than to commend members and seek their further cooperation in taking the association to our collective destination. I have no doubt in my mind that we shall get there sooner than expected,” he said.