FITC Bags 2020 BIZZ, IBX Global Awards for Strategic Leadership, Business Excellence


Monday, January 25, 2021 / 4:14PM / FITC / Header Image Credit: Twitter; @FITCNIGERIA

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The Financial Institutions Training Centre (FITC), has emerged winner of the 2020 Business Excellence Award (The BIZZ Awards) and the Strategy, Change, and Transformation Award (The IBX Awards).


FITC, which provides cutting-edge Learning, Advisory and Research Services to organizations within the Financial Services and other sectors, was announced the winner of the two global awards in a virtual ceremony held in Doha, Qatar and Houston Texas respectively.


FITC, won the Gold category in the BIZZ awards and Silver category in Strategy, Change and Transformation in the International Business Excellence, IBX Awards in recognition of its phenomenal initiatives that have led to innovative and exceptional transformation within the organization. 


Also presented with an award was the Managing Director and CEO, FITC, Mr. Chizor Malize, who won the IBX 2020 Award for "Inspirational Leader". The award was in recognition of the game-changing work at FITC in 2020 at the height of the global pandemic resulting in the organization-wide transformation at FITC and positive impact on the Nigerian financial services sector, FITC's primary focus area. Other IBX 2020 Award winners include Microsoft and Virgin Mobile.

Organized by Awards International, the IBX Awards recognises long-term sustainable profitability achieved through the practice of excellence, which occurs across a broad range of disciplines and defines the modern business agenda.

The BIZZ Awards gathers and recognizes leading businesses from different regions that contribute to the daily growth of their local economy and the world economy. THE BIZZ was created by the World Confederation of Businesses (WORLDCOB), to offer to the global business community a range of benefits that further their development.


Speaking on the awards, Malize, said the organization would keep going beyond the ordinary in its effort to delivering innovative knowledge solutions to its clients in the Financial Services and other sectors. 


"For 40 years, FITC has been an innovator, enabling people and organizations to excel and it was in line with our vision to build a world-class innovation-led and technology-driven organization that we defined our six success pillars which are programmes, process, platforms, people, positioning and performance".


"We took deliberate and strategic steps by making significant changes across these key drivers of the positive transformation experienced today by our stakeholders, and which has also culminated in these awards and recognition being given to our organization today. We are extremely delighted by these awards and we remain committed to helping our clients in the Financial Services and other sectors navigate and advance their careers while building on our member firms' successes through our clear vision, strong corporate values, and our culture of excellence," Malize said.


Established in 1981 as a non-profit organisation limited by guarantee to provide capacity building and serve as a knowledge hub for the Nigerian Financial Services Sector, FITC is owned by the Bankers Committee, Central Bank of Nigeria, Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), and all deposit money banks in Nigeria.


Over the years, FITC has demonstrated delivery of best-in-class services using a large pool of multidisciplinary and versatile professionals, who provide business support to its numerous clients within the public and private sectors, most notably within the financial services sectors and public sector of Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa.


Through an innovation mindset, deep market insight, and a world-class approach to programme design thinking, it would be recalled that the organization redesigned all its learning solutions by infusing programme curriculum with more relevant content that addresses the future of work and the future need of businesses.


FITC identified and created new learning opportunity areas such as the FITC Executive Education and the FITC Board Leadership programme. The programmes were designed to meet the learning needs of the senior leadership of organizations such as Senior Managers, General Managers, Directors, and C-suites Executives.


Amidst the global crisis, FITC recreated new and innovative knowledge programmes that kept individuals and organizations they served informed, updated, and equipped for a post-COVID-19 era.


The Institute developed and launched additional knowledge portfolios such as the FITC Executive Education Institute, the FITC Board Leadership Institute, the FITC Youth Connect Programme with several digital learning solutions including webinars, summits, and a global cybersecurity conference reaching 6 continents and over forty countries with over one thousand participants.


In pursuit of its aspirations, FITC said it was constantly seeking valuable partnerships with visionary organizations with common intent. FITC partners with institutions like International Finance Corporation (IFC), Association of Chartered Certified Accounts (ACCA), the African FINTECH Association, SAS Institute South Africa, West Africa Bankers Association, (WABA), the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System (NIBSS), Central Bank of Nigeria, (CBN), Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria (FRC) and Nigeria Deposit Insurance Commission (NDIC).

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