He said: “The essence of digitalization is mainly to ensure efficiency by reducing time, effort, and cost as each task is performed seamlessly online, at any time and from anywhere, whilst eliminating human error.
“With the digitalization and automation of the application process, applicants will have access to the portal any time of the day throughout the application window – whether during the day or at night.
“Because it is an end-to-end digitalization, applicants can obtain their forms, fill the forms and upload the usually humongous relevant supporting documents online without having to print tons of documents, thereby saving cost and time.
“With this automation, returning applicants will not have to re-submit documents that they may have submitted in their earlier application as they will have their account where their documents will be archived.
“Surely, Training sessions and videos will be organised to handhold applicants in going through the process.”
Bolarinwa Emerges ACAMB President, Vows to Reposition Group
By Dipo Olowookere
The Head of Corporate Communications of Polaris Bank, Mr Rasheed Bolarinwa, has emerged as the new president of the Association of Corporate Affairs Managers of Banks (ACAMB).
He was among the new executives of the group elected at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of ACAMB held on Thursday, January 19, 2022, at the Bankers’ House, CIBN Building, Victoria Island, Lagos.
He and other excos will pilot affairs of the umbrella association of communications and marketing professionals working in Nigeria’s banking sector for the next two years.
Others elected were First Bank’s Mr Oze K. Oze as the First Vice President, Mrs Lola Egboh of First City Monument Bank (FCMB) as the Second Vice President, while the new Secretary-General is Mr Sipe Babajide of Ecobank.
The position of Assistant Secretary-General was won by Mr Omede Odekina of the United Bank for Africa (UBA), while Mr Patrick Osilaja of Fidelity Bank emerged as the Financial Secretary.
Wema Bank’s Mrs Funmilayo Falola was elected as the new Treasurer, Mr Abdul Imoyo of Access Bank will serve as the Publicity Secretary, while Mrs Ozena Utulu of Heritage Bank will assume the role of Social Secretary.
In addition, the immediate past president of the group, staff from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) and the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) will serve as ex-officios.
In his post-election acceptance speech, the new ACAMB president assured members that he would reposition the association as a foremost professional body they would all be proud of, adding that his vision also includes innovating a post-retirement strategy that ensures members have a sustainable livelihood long after exiting the industry.
“I will be committed to my vision, which is to reposition ACAMB as a foremost professional Association that encourages and ensures every marketing communications professional in the Banks aspires and attains the highest level of professional recognition and fulfilment on the job while at the same time being assured of a sustainable livelihood long after exiting the industry,” he stated.
Mr Bolarinwa, who served in the past executive as a two-term Secretary-General, restated his commitment to the upliftment of members in line with his electioneering promises anchored on the four-pillar themed PEAL: Partnership & Platform, Engagement, Advocacy, and Learning & Value-addition (PEAL).
The new President further assured that ACAMB under his leadership would seek partnerships and platforms among strategic institutions and stakeholders with a view to delivering value to members, as well as enhancing professionalism.
He also said his team would embark on advocacy aimed to deepen awareness and knowledge of the banking industry and its contributions to national socio-economic growth.
Earlier, the Chairman of the ACAMB Electoral Committee, Mr Segun Shonubi, said all aspirants for the advertised position had met minimum requirements as outlined in the association constitution and, therefore, qualified to stand for the election.
A 1996 graduate of Mass Communication, Mr Bolarinwa holds a Master’s degree from the University of Ibadan and an MSc degree from the UNESCO-certified Mass Communication department of the University of Lagos.
He is a member of numerous professional bodies, including Fellow of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (NIMN); Registered Practitioner, Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON), and Member, Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR).
He has also attended several high-impact function-specific and leadership training at top business schools in Nigeria and overseas.
Lagos Eyes 500-Hectare Coconut Plantation Estate
By Adedapo Adesanya
Lagos State Government is planning to establish a 500-hectare coconut plantation estate to boost production.
This was disclosed by the General Manager, Lagos State Coconut Development Authority, Mr Dapo Olakulehin, in Lagos on Thursday, explaining that the estate would be dedicated to planting, processing and packaging coconut.
Mr Olakulehin said that the agency was working to secure 500 hectares of land for the take-off of the project.
He said that the coconut estate would be similar to the fish estate and poultry estate already established in the state.
“This initiative is to establish a coconut plantation estate which will be dedicated solely for coconut production for players in the value chain.
“One hundred per cent what we will have there is the coconut value chain.
“This is one of the initiatives we are working on this year,” he said.
Coconut is one of the major cash crops in Lagos state, producing over 80 per cent of the country’s annual production of 285,200 metric tons, which recently earned the state the 19th position in the world coconut producing countries.
With continued efforts in harnessing the full potential of the tree crop and generating revenue from coconut, the state is seeking to increase its level where it current accesses 20 per cent of its potential.
The government is seeking to do this through rehabilitation and production efforts in upstream and processing; utilisation and commercialisation downstream.
In addition, the state is increasing its collaboration that will see it guarantee the development of quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure, including regional and trans-border infrastructure to support economic development and human well-being.