By Dipo Olowookere No fewer than 2,000 of the workforce of United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc have been promoted as part of the pan-African financial institution\u2019s commitment to reward excellence and high performance. About a year ago, the lender promoted 3,000 staff members, representing about 25 percent of its workforce, while also doling out cash rewards to deserving staff for exemplary conduct and performance that year. The number of workers of UBA promoted this year represents about 17 percent of total staff strength across the group. The affected employees, cutting across all units, divisions and 19 countries where UBA operates, were selected after the completion of appraisal system that identified high performers in the bank among other criteria. This move has been commended by human resources analysts who have noted that UBA, which was mentioned in a recent survey as one of the \u2018Best 100 Companies To Work For in Nigeria,\u2019 has become synonymous with rewarding excellence. When the promotion was announced on Monday, members of staff of the firm filled with joy and enthusiasm. They described it as a welcomed development and promised to continue to contribute to the growth of the bank, which recorded an impressive performance in its recently released 2017 financial year end results. Group Managing Director\/CEO of UBA, Mr Kennedy Uzoka, in an email to staff of the bank, described the promotion as \u2018dividends of hardwork\u2019, adding that with the recent proclamation of UBA as the African Bank of 2017 by the Banker Magazine; as well as the ranking as Best of Bank of the Year in Cameroun, Congo Brazzaville, Senegal and Tchad, it is only right to recognise, reward and celebrate the performance of the staff who have worked tirelessly to achieve this. Mr Uzoka charged staff to continue to embody the Bank\u2019s core values in their endless quest of delivering excellent services to both internal and external customers of the bank. \u201cI congratulate all for their well-deserved elevation.\u00a0 I also wish to especially thank those colleagues who have not made it on this year\u2019s list. \u201cI implore you to keep up your contribution, as your efforts are recognised. There are several other ways that we will continue to reward and recognise your contributions and we intend to use all opportunities to demonstrate this,\u201d he said.