FUO VC urges banks to collaborate with varsities on research, development

The Vice Chancellor, Fountain University, Prof. Amidu Sanni has urged Nigeria’s Apex and commercial banks to collaborate with universities in the areas of research and entrepreneurial growth in order to reduce unemployment in the country.

Prof. Sanni made this statement in Osogbo during the 2018 Annual Bankers’ Dinner and Awards Night organised by Osogbo Branch of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

The Vice Chancellor, who was the Chairman of the Occasion, in his goodwill message said the collaborative efforts between the banks and the universities will go a long way in assisting research and community service, adding that research and development requires a collaborative effort to achieve.

While commending the CBN Osogbo for organising the programme as a way of recognising the importance of consumers in the industry, Prof. Sanni harped on the need for assisting host communities, as a form of Corporate Social Responsibility.

In his welcome address, the Branch Controller, CBN Osogbo, Atobatele, Ademola-Ganiyu said efforts are on top gear to make bank transactions easier and seamless, especially with the deployment of new technologies in the banking industry.

Atobatele, who advised costumers to always take various channels to lodge complaints of any fraudulent activities on their transactions, stressed that the CBN will not hesitate to carry out punitive measures against any erring banker or bank

The Governor of Osun State, His Excellency Isiaka Gboyega Oyetola, who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Benedict Alabi appreciated the CBN for organizing the programme as a means of driving efficiency in the banking sector.

The Deputy Governor assured the bankers that the State Government of Osun will continue to provide enabling and secured environment for optimal performance of banks in the state.

Highlight of the event was the presentation of awards of 2018 Most Efficient Bank in Banking Activities, 2nd Runner Up to Wema bank, 1st Runner Up to First bank and the overall winner, Access bank.