As the globe is said to be moving very fast into the new age of technology, the Outgoing Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the United Bank for Africa Liberia Limited Olalenkan Balogun has challenged Liberians to now see the need to muster the courage and move along with the new age.
Speaking at an Introductory Press Conference on Wednesday February 19, 2020 to mark the arrival of the new incoming head of UBA-Liberia, Mr. Balogun said it is about time for Liberians to embrace technology especially in the banking sector which he noted will reduce inefficiency and help rapidly drive the sector to a higher and improved heights.
He termed his over three and a half years of service to the UBA family in Liberia as a remarkable journey.
According to him the UBA brand has a peculiar DNA very unique intended to meet the direct and indirect taste of clients Nationally, Regionally and globally as such he is optimistic that his predecessor with the level of experience and achievements over the years will even double from where he left it.
He named the Push and Pull promotion introduced by UBA Liberia as his major achievement under his three and a half year stay which he noted took over a year to achieve but is now making banking easier for Liberians.
Additionally, the UBA outgoing head also named: the strengthening of financial inclusion policy in UBA , modernization of payments and other transactions as well as services during his term as some achievements that will not go unnoticed in the sector.
The Outgoing UBA boss however used the occasion to urge Liberians to accept change which he noted was one of his greatest challenges.
“For the people to accept digital or mobile banking in Liberia was not an easy task and even up till now more people are not making use of it, in spite of its many advantages, they have to embrace technology in order for Liberia to get faster on par with their regional as well as their International counterparts”, he noted.
He acknowledged that getting people in Liberia to accepting new ways of doing things is so challenging adding that such attitude needs to change for the better.
Mr. Balogun called on the media and the workers of UBA-Liberia to work as a team with their new boss and support her initiative for the betterment of the sector.
In brief remarks the incoming Managing Director of United Bank For Africa Liberia Limited Nkechi Joyce Arizor thanked Mr. Balogun for his immense contribution to the UBA family and the sector in general.
“Wearing a big shoe like Balogun is not an easy task but I will strive to do more and take over from where he stopped”, Madam Arizor pointed out.
She indicated that financial inclusion for everyone despite remote or other locations will be part of her many objectives.
Madam Arizor is a certified ISO auditor who began her Banking career in August of 1991 and has risen through the ranks and file of the Banking sector occupying several positions in both operations and marketing.
Nkechi has a MBA in Management from the University of Nigeria, an M.Ed ( Educational Management and Planning) from the University of Port Harcourt and a B:Ed certificate from the University of Ibadan.
According to the Head of Marketing and Corporate Communication of UBA Liberia Limited Melody Mezay Ketter, Madam Nkechi came to the new position with wealth of experience in Banking and is hoping to deliver the necessary goods for the company and the sector in general.
It can be recall On January 15, 2020 she was appointed alongside Abiola Bawuah, who now heads the West Africa Operations of UBA as regional CEO.
Their appointments represent the bank’s mission of gender diversity and women empowerment at all levels.
UBA’s mission among other things is to be the undisputed leading and dominant financial services institution in Africa with excellent service delivery at the core of its values.
In Liberia, UBA is said to be leading the digital banking space with several digital products being rolled out to her many customers for easy and convenient banking.
Currently it is operating in twenty Africa Countries and also in New York, The United Kingdom and France respectively.