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Bolarinwa Emerges ACAMB President, Vows to Reposition Group

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Rasheed Bolarinwa ACAMB President

By Dipo Olowookere

The Head of Corporate Communications of Polaris Bank, Mr Rasheed Bolarinwa, has emerged as the new president of the Association of Corporate Affairs Managers of Banks (ACAMB).

He was among the new executives of the group elected at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of ACAMB held on Thursday, January 19, 2022, at the Bankers’ House, CIBN Building, Victoria Island, Lagos.

He and other excos will pilot affairs of the umbrella association of communications and marketing professionals working in Nigeria’s banking sector for the next two years.

Others elected were First Bank’s Mr Oze K. Oze as the First Vice President, Mrs Lola Egboh of First City Monument Bank (FCMB) as the Second Vice President, while the new Secretary-General is Mr Sipe Babajide of Ecobank.

The position of Assistant Secretary-General was won by Mr Omede Odekina of the United Bank for Africa (UBA), while Mr Patrick Osilaja of Fidelity Bank emerged as the Financial Secretary.

Wema Bank’s Mrs Funmilayo Falola was elected as the new Treasurer, Mr Abdul Imoyo of Access Bank will serve as the Publicity Secretary, while Mrs Ozena Utulu of Heritage Bank will assume the role of Social Secretary.

In addition, the immediate past president of the group, staff from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) and the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) will serve as ex-officios.

In his post-election acceptance speech, the new ACAMB president assured members that he would reposition the association as a foremost professional body they would all be proud of, adding that his vision also includes innovating a post-retirement strategy that ensures members have a sustainable livelihood long after exiting the industry.

“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 fulfilment on the job while at the same time being assured of a sustainable livelihood long after exiting the industry,” he stated.

Mr 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).

The new President 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.

He 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.

Earlier, the Chairman of the ACAMB Electoral Committee, Mr Segun Shonubi, said all aspirants for the advertised position had met minimum requirements as outlined in the association constitution and, therefore, qualified to stand for the election.

A 1996 graduate of Mass Communication, Mr Bolarinwa holds a Master’s degree from the University of Ibadan and an MSc degree from the UNESCO-certified Mass Communication department of the 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 training at top business schools in Nigeria and overseas.

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The Prospects for Tech Career in the Future

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Tech Startups

By Otori Emmanuel

Technology’s capacity to foster growth and development is more apparent than ever. In that, the influence of technology cannot be overstated, from streamlining routine tasks to creating ground-breaking solutions. Technology has been extensively adopted throughout generations, and there is still an expectancy for it to meet future needs.

A growing demand for qualified technologists exists due to how prevalent technology has become. According to a report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, from 2021 to 2031, it is anticipated that overall employment in computer and information technology occupations would increase by 15%, substantially faster than the average for all occupations. This increase is anticipated to result in the creation of around 682,800 new jobs during the decade.

Many are putting in a lot of effort to maintain their position in the future and avoid becoming obsolete. This involves continuing personal training through online learning resources, giving back to the community, participating in tech forums, and attending conferences that expose one to the various facets of the tech industry.

Gap in the Industry

However, there is now competition across industries for these abilities as a result of the demand for tech skills. To keep the sector prospering, the technology skill gap caused by this competition needs to be closed. With the development of new technologies, workers’ contributions have been affected by the move toward machine learning, robotic engineering, artificial intelligence, cloud services, and decentralized operations.

The difference between what people can do and what employers expect them to be able to do is known as the skills gap. If an employee just knows how to program, yet a technology job role requires knowledge of both internet networking and a programming language, there is a skills gap. Due to this gap, businesses find it challenging to fill open positions. The employee can get better at this by developing the talent they lack.

Therefore, in order to supply services effectively, these new concepts must be acquired and mastered. Many tech professionals have been compelled to learn new ideas, hone their already-existing talents, and take on more difficult tasks to advance their careers because not all of them are knowledgeable in these new tech disciplines.

Tech industry benefits to Individuals

Due to the numerous benefits offered to employees, such as competitive pay, flexible work schedules, health insurance, skill development, paid parental leave, and job security, the tech industry is still enticing. Hence, many people have transitioned into IT from non-technical backgrounds.

Nowadays, many people do online training and obtain certifications to equip them with the knowledge they need to thrive in their employment. This is being done now to protect the future, even though it was rarely done in the past. Others have pursued their interests while working for tech companies without necessarily being “in IT”. The ease of entrance into the tech industry offers insight into how the industry is changing. Many IT experts are willing to work remotely from their homes.

Skills for the Future

Currently, hard skills and Soft skills are two basic skills essential to delivering maximum performance in the tech industry. Hard skills are frequently knowledge-based talents that are exclusive to particular professions, whereas soft skills are frequent and value-based skills that are not connected to particular employment.

Hard skills include, among others:

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Machine Learning (ML)
  • Data science
  • Data analytics
  • Data visualisation
  • User Interface/Experience (UI/UX)
  • Software engineering
  • Cloud computing
  • Internet of things (IoT)
  • Cybersecurity
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Technical research and writing

Several Soft skills include;

  • Communication skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Team player skills
  • Mentorship skills
  • Work Ethic
  • Empathy
  • Networking skills etc.

Future skills are those abilities that empower people to solve tough problems when situations evolve yet in an organised manner. It comprises hard skills, soft skills, transferable skills and other innovative skills. These abilities are essential for the coordination of formal activities. Some are innate that need to be cultured, while others can be formed through a learning process. They include; Creativity, Decision making and good judgment, Digital literacy and Computational thinking, Cognitive thinking, Collaboration, Management, Cultural intelligence, Financial Intelligence, Emotional intelligence, Automation etc.

In addition to one’s primary training, these abilities are necessary for working in multi-functional teams. Not every skill must be mastered to succeed.

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Buhari Appoints Dembos as NTA Director-General

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Salihu Abdulhamid Dembos

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

Mr Salihu Abdulhamid Dembos has been appointed as the Director-General/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA).

Mr Dembos was appointed to the position by President Muhammadu Buhari, a statement issued on Wednesday by Mr Segun Adeyemi, the media aide to the Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, disclosed.

Mr Adeyemi quoted his boss as saying that the appointment of the new DG is for a tenure of three years in the first instance.

Until his appointment, Mr Dembos was the Executive Director in charge of Marketing at the NTA.

His career as a media professional spans over 20 years. He has served as General Manager of two NTA stations, in Lokoja and Kano; and as the Zonal Director of NTA, Kaduna, among other appointments.

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Jaiz Bank Appoints Sirajo Salisu as New MD/CEO

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Jaiz Bank Sirajo Salisu

By Aduragbemi Omiyale

The board of Jaiz Bank Plc has chosen Mr Sirajo Salisu as the new managing director/CEO of the financial institution. He is to replace Mr Hassan Usman, who is retiring from the company.

In a statement on Monday, the firm said the appointment of Mr Salisu takes effect from October 16. The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), which regulates the country’s banking industry, approved the new MD/CEO selection.

In the statement, the management and board of Jaiz Bank expressed confidence that his appointment would further strengthen the bank and wished him success.

Before his appointment, Mr Salisu was the executive director in charge of Business Development for the Northern region. He is a certified risk manager (CRM), a fellow in the Institute of Credit Administration (FICA) and an honourary senior member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN).

The incoming MD/CEO has over 28 years of practical banking experience, with over a decade at the top management level. He started his banking career in 1992 with Inland Bank Plc as a Supervisor. He rose to Assistant General Manager with First Inland Bank Plc, where he held various managerial positions in Operations, Credit Administration and Business Development, including Regional Manager, FCT Abuja.

In 2009, he was appointed as the MD/CEO of Arab Gambian Islamic Bank (AGIB), a position he held till January 2015.

Mr Salisu joined Jaiz Bank in 2016 and served as the Regional Manager, South while supervising the Treasury Department of the bank. In 2018, he was appointed as the Chief Risk Officer of the company and later elevated to the position of Executive Director of the lender.

He has attended some management and Islamic banking courses within and outside Nigeria as a participant and/or a speaker. He is an alumnus of the prestigious Lagos Business School (SMP 33) and Madinah Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship (PALM 11), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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