LAGOS – First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Nigeria’s premier and leading financial inclusion services provider has announced its partnership with CFA Society Nigeria to host its annual flagship event, the Universities Ethics Challenge final, and it was held at Radisson Blu Hotel, Victoria Island Lagos on Saturday, 29, October 2022.
The Universities Ethics Challenge is designed to increase students’ awareness of the ethical dilemmas and issues they may face when they become finance and investment management professionals. During the Ethics Challenge, students are given adapted real life ethics case studies to analyze and evaluate ethical issues raised, then make recommendations and present same to a panel of judges from whom they field questions relating to the case presented.
The judges for the 2022 edition of the annual challenge included Oluropo Okunmuyide, Head, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, First Bank of Nigeria Ltd; Taiwo Olatunji, CFA, Head, Investment Banking, Coronation Merchant Bank; Tomilola Olakiigbe, CFA, Head Finance, All-On Energy; Eno Atoyebi, CFA, Managing Director, Valualliance Asset Management and Kazeem Alimi, CFA, Head Secondary Markets, NGX Limited.
22 Universities registered and onboarded for the Challenge which kicked off in May, 2022.
Subsequently, 13 Universities, comprising 3 from the North and 10 from the South participated in the regional rounds.
The schools included Abia State University, Ahmadu Below University, Zaria, Clifford University, Coal City University, Covenant University, Madonna University, Obafemi Awolowo University and the University of Abuja.
Others were the University of Benin, the University of Ilorin, the University of Lagos, the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and the University of Port Harcourt.
Following a stiffly contested and rigorous semi-finals, 4 of these schools namely: Obafemi Awolowo University, University of Lagos, University of Nigeria, Nsukka and University of Port Harcourt advanced to the grand finale.
According to Ibukun Oyedeji, CFA, the President of CFA Society Nigeria, “strong ethics and high standards of professional conduct play a vital role in the integrity and ongoing success of the investment industry. As new talent joins the professional ranks, it is important that they do so with a commitment to operate according to these principles.
“Therefore, CFA Society Nigeria whose mission is to promote the highest standards of investment practice in Nigeria hosts this annual Ethics Challenge with the support of First Bank Nigeria Ltd to give university students a unique opportunity to learn about and apply the principles of the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct. A more ethical investment profession starts here!”
Expressing her delight on the event, Folake Ani-Mumuney, Group Head, Marketing & Corporate Communications, FirstBank said: “Our sponsorship of the annual CFA Society Nigeria Ethics Challenge competition is one of the ways we contribute to youth empowerment. We commend the CFA Society for its continued commitment to this initiative.
“As a financial institution that focuses on nation building, the relevance of ethical practices is demonstrated in our embedded policies and processes, in the initiatives we support such as Samuel Asabia Chair in Business Ethics in University of Lagos.
“This is because we know that ethical practices are beneficial to finance and investment professionals including all market participants and stakeholders which leads to increased investor confidence in global financial markets,” she concluded.
Founded in 2013, CFA Society Nigeria is part of the worldwide network of CFA Institute member societies that lead the investment profession globally by promoting the highest standards of ethics, education, and professional excellence for the ultimate benefit of society.
CFA Society Nigeria represents the interests of 400+ investment professionals in Nigeria through advocacy, education, events, and professional development. CFA Institute, the global association of investment professionals, sets the standard for professional excellence and credentials and is a champion of ethical behavior in investment markets and a respected source of knowledge in the global financial community.
There are more than 160,000 CFA charterholders worldwide in 164 markets and currently there are 1300+ registered CFA Candidates in Nigeria.
First Bank of Nigeria Limited (FirstBank) is the premier Bank in West Africa and the leading financial inclusion services provider in Nigeria for over 128 years.
With over 750 business locations and over 180,000 Banking Agents spread across 99% of the 774 Local Government Areas in Nigeria, FirstBank provides a comprehensive range of retail and corporate financial services to serve its over 30 million customers.
The Bank has an international presence through its subsidiaries, FBNBank (UK) Limited in London and Paris, FBNBank in the Republic of Congo, Ghana, The Gambia, Guinea, Sierra-Leone and Senegal, as well as a Representative Office in Beijing.
FirstBank has been handy at promoting digital payment in the country and has issued over 10million cards, the first bank to achieve such a milestone in the country.
The Bank’s cashless transaction drive extends to having more than 10million people on its USSD Quick Banking service through the nationally renowned *894# Banking code and over 4.5 million people on FirstMobile platform.
Since its establishment in 1894, FirstBank has consistently built relationships with customers focusing on the fundamentals of good corporate governance, strong liquidity, optimised risk management and leadership.
Over the years, the Bank has led the financing of private investment in infrastructure development in the Nigerian economy by playing key roles in the Federal Government’s privatisation and commercialisation schemes.
With its global reach, FirstBank provides prospective investors wishing to explore the vast business opportunities that are available in Nigeria, an internationally competitive world-class brand and a credible financial partner.
FirstBank has been named “Most Valuable Bank Brand in Nigeria” six times in a row (2011 – 2016) by the globally renowned “The Banker Magazine” of the Financial Times Group; “Best Retail Bank in Nigeria” for seven consecutive years (2011 – 2017) by the Asian Banker International Excellence in Retail Financial Services Awards and “Best Bank in Nigeria” by Global Finance for 15 years.
The Bank’s brand purpose is always to put customers, partners and stakeholders at the heart of its business, even as the bank standardise customer experience and excellence in financial solutions across sub-Saharan Africa, in consonance with its brand vision – “To be the partner of the first choice in building your future”.
FirstBank’s brand promise is always to deliver the ultimate “gold standard” of value and excellence. This commitment is anchored on the Bank’s inherent values of passion, partnership and people, to position “You First” in every respect.