Monday, March 18, 2019 06.30AM / Ottoabasi Abasiekong for Proshare WebTV
As part of activities to mark its 125th Anniversary, Nigeria’s premier financial institution First Bank organized a 125km relay walk across its branches and operations in the globe.
It was a colourful and power-packed event as the usual corporate look of the management and staff of the bank, changed to branded shirts and sports wears.
Customers of First Bank and stakeholders in the financial market also joined in the relay walk, with each person walking at least 1.25km with their various teams from different locations, to make up the 125km.
The relay walk kicked off across the First Bank locations from 7.00am and ended by 8.30am with all the subsidiaries of the larger FBN Holdings group participating fully.
At the end of each walk in each location, teams symbolically passed batons committing to the cause that will take the banking Group to the next 125 years.
At the grand finale session of the 125km relay walk in Marina, the MD/CEO of First Bank Nigeria Dr. Adesola Adeduntan said the walk signified the continuous transformation that has occurred in the banking group.
Dr Adeduntan said the emphasis was on people and partnership, that are part of the driving force and values of the bank.
He also stressed the fact that synergy was another element in the FBN operations, which has seen the bank transform into a leading financial institution in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Chairman of First Bank Mrs Ibukun Awosika praised the team spirit and resilience of the banking group,that has seen it survive various phases and disruptions in the financial services industry.
She charged the staff of the bank to sustain the drive for excellence in customer experience and efficient financial services operations.
The Group Managing Director of FBN Holdings Plc Mr U.K Eke in his remarks asserted that the relay walk was to drive the point of collaboration and synergy within the financial institution, which has seen it to grow and expand its operations across the globe.
It was a fun-filled grand finale session anchored by popular Nigerian OAP Oladotun Ojuolape Kayode a.k.a “DO2dTun”.
At the end of the event FBN 125km walk, Team Surulere headed by Mr Seyi Oyefeso, Group Head, Commercial Banking Group emerged overall winners, while Team Ikoyi headed by Mr Kayode Akinkugbe, MD, FBN Quest came second with the third position going to Team Maryland headed by Dr. Remi Oni Executive Director, Corporate Banking.