The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) and Lagos Business School (LBS) have collaborated to launch novel dual qualification programmes: the MBA/Chartered Banker and SMP/Chartered Banker programmes.

The President, CIBN, Dr. Ken Opara, FCIB, said in a statement at a cocktail event at LBS in Lagos, on Wednesday, November 1, 2023.

According to him, the cocktail session was to commemorate the commencement of the CIBN/LBS collaborative Chartered Banker/SMP two-in-one programme.

He said that the dual certification programme, which was the maiden edition, would help participants to gain an understanding of the present business environment in Africa.

He said that the programme would improve the managerial competencies and strategic thinking capacities of industry executives, while also implementing strategies for effective change processes.

“With an SMP/MBA from LBS and an ACIB certification from CIBN, you gain access to a global network of international business leaders across Africa, the knowledge and skills to accelerate your career and thrive in the African business market at affordable and flexible pay,’’ Opara said.

The CIBN President said that the programme was expected to provide financial services professionals with a solid foundation in management and leadership through hands-on training, cross-functional skills development, peer learning, and case studies.

These programmes, he said, were structured to fast-track competence and skills development of financial service industry professionals. So they can use different Titles eg

Opara said that the programme would afford participants the opportunity of running one program and gaining two qualifications.

“This means that you can earn the Chartered Banker designation (ACIB) and the SMP certification by completing a single program: Chartered Banker (ACIB) and SMP,’’ he stressed.

He urged people to click on the link, to read more.

Opara expressed his sincere congratulations to Lagos Business School for their partnership with The Chartered Institute of Bankers in launching the two-in-one certificate program. He noted that LBS has continued to play a frontline role in the area of Executive education in Nigeria, maintaining very high standards.

“As an advocate of future and younger generations, this programme is apt as the mode of delivery is a hybrid.

“This would help participants achieve their objectives without limitation. The initiative is leaning into the future and aligns with the changing business landscape.

“I am resolute that this initiative will enhance the desired capacity development in the financial services industry and both Institutions, that is, CIBN and LBS will be remembered for packaging the programme,’’ he said.

Dr. Opara noted that the CIBN remains committed to its statutory mandate of ensuring the observance and maintenance of ethics and professionalism in the banking and finance industry. He harped that the Institute has remained the conscience and moral compass for the industry in its 60 years of existence.

Prof. Chris Ogbechie, Dean, Lagos Business School, in his remarks, noted that the financial services sector plays a very significant role in the life of any country. As such, the LBS is excited to collaborate with CIBN towards deepening the knowledge and capacity of professionals in the financial services ecosystem. He commended the CIBN for the laudable initiative and admonished practitioners in the industry to take advantage of the unique programme.

Those who attended the event include President/Chairman of Council of the Institute, Ken Opara, Ph.D., Akin Morakinyo, Registrar/Chief Executive, CIBN, Prof. Chris Ogbechie, Dean, Lagos Business School, and the Programme Director, Dr. Nkemdilim Iheanachor of Lagos Business School, resource persons and the participants.


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