Bayelsa State Governor Hon. Seriake Dickson has expressed his administration's commitment to partner with the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN), to explore areas of mutual benefits.
Governor Dickson stated this when he received the President and Chairman of the Council of Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, Prof. Segun Ajibola and other members of the institute in his office at Government House, Yenagoa.
Describing the institute as strategic to the management of the national economy, he said the government was desirous of collaborating with the Chartered Institute of Bankers, with a view to showcasing the state’s potentials, particularly in the area of power generation, as Bayelsa is endowed with crude oil and gas.
Governor Dickson, who commended the institute for their various programmes and other initiatives aimed at capacity building in the financial sector, lauded the body for its decision to establish their presence in the state.
He said the State’s Chief Economic Adviser, Mr Duate Iyabi would liaise with members of the institute on ways to improve the public financial systems, as well as create opportunities that would be beneficial to both parties.
Earlier in his remarks, President and Chairman of the Council, Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, Prof. Segun Ajibola had intimated Governor Dickson of the institute's plans to establish a secretariat as well as an examination centre of the body in Bayelsa.
According to him, the examination centre, when operational will enable indigenes of the state and neighbouring states to write the institute's examinations.
Prof. Ajibola also noted that, the institute has been mandated to host the 22nd edition of the World Conference of Banking Institutes in the country this year, which would serve as a launching pad to exhibit Bayelsa and the rest of the country's investment opportunities and tourist attractions.
He said it is the first time the country would be hosting such a conference and solicited the state government's assistance in that direction.