CIBN to construct 160-seater lecture  theatre in Bauchi varsity


Dr Bayo Olugbemi and other officials at the university.

By Ahmed Ahmed

The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) has promised to construct a 160-seater lecture theatre at the Faculty of Management, Department of Banking and Finance of the  Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi.

Dr. Bayo Olugbemi, the president /chairman of council, Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN), disclosed in Bauchi on Monday that the edifice would be called “THE CIBN Bankers Hall.”

“The legacy project which the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria is bequeathing to ATBU Bauchi, a 160-seater lecture theater, that will be fully furnished and equipped with ultra-modern gadgets, will serve as the melting pot for the training and development of future bankers.

“This project is our modest contribution to the development of banking and finance education and support the economy through capacity building,” he said.

The President of the council also explained that in 1998, the institute introduced a novel scheme called the “Linkage Programme” in collaboration with tertiary institutions in Nigeria.

“The objective of the programme is to strengthen and deepen banking and finance education by infusing professional elements into the teaching-learning process.

“With a view to addressing the gap between the industry and the academia in terms of the quality of graduates produced from our higher institutions.

“The Linkage programme which currently has on board 68 tertiary institutions in Nigeria, commenced in the North East Zone, with the execution of collaboration agreement between CIBN and ATBU Bauchi on June 12, 2014,” he said.

Olugbemi appealed to the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Professor Mohammmed Abdulaziz, to look into the some areas in furtherance of the Linkage collaboration.

“Encourage all students in the Banking & Finance, Business Administration, and related courses to automatically register with CIBN as members and write the institute’s examinations to become Chartered Bankers.

“To facilitate the registration of Faculty members of the Department of Banking and Finance of the university to register as members of the institute.

“The university should also provide information to the institute as may be required from time to time on the progress of the Linkage programme,” he stressed.

The president CIBN, however, said that the edifice would be completed in four months.

In his remark, Professor Abdulaziz, the vice chancellor, ATBU Bauchi, expressed appreciation to CIBN for  modest intervention in the development of banking and finance education in the institution.

He assured the CIBN that the edifice would be used judiciously not only for banking students but to all Nigerians and would be sustained adequately.


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