Unity Bank GMD Emerges Business Hallmark Bank of the Year|

…. As the CBN Hails the Bank

Unity Bank Group Managing Director, Falalu Bello has emerged Business Hallmark Banker of the year 2010 while the Makurdi Branch of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has named Unity Bank Plc the non-settlement bank with the most voluminous number of instruments cleared in the area in 2010.

Bello was named alongside the outgoing, Managing Director of Diamond Bank, Mr. Emeka Onwuka as the business newspaper’s bankers of the year. Three other distinguished Nigerians also received awards for other roles in the economy.

At an award ceremony held at the weekend at the Golden Gate restaurant, the newspaper said that Bello, Unity Bank Group Managing Director won the award for his pioneering role in the establishment of the Bank and for leading it to survival in spite of industry operational vicissitudes that reached climax in 2009.

The citation for the award observed that Bello led the Unity Bank out of its challenging position declaring that “today, Unity Bank has not only survived, but it is equally thriving.”

The awarding newspaper recalled that, “no less a personality than the Governor of the CBN himself, in faraway London, testified to the international community that Unity Bank is strong, viable and financially liquid enough to carry on its business”.

In a remark, the chairman of Neimeth Pharmaceutical Plc, Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa who chaired the occasion, emphasized the need for the country to recognize role models whose exemplary character could lead the country out of the woods. He urged the awardees to continue to show good examples.

Other recipients of the Business Hallmark awards were Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta state as Governor of the year, Mrs. Farida Waziri, Chairman of EFCC as Public Officer of the year, Hakeem Bello-Osagie and Chairman of Etisalat, as Corporate Personality of the year.

Meanwhile the Makurdi Branch of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has named Unity Bank Plc the non-settlement bank with the most voluminous number of instruments cleared in the area in 2010. At a Bankers’ Award Night held by the apex bank in the Benue State capital, representatives of Unity Bank received an award plaque on behalf of the bank’s Group Managing Director, Falalu Bello.

Additionally, Unity Bank was also named runner up in value and volume of cheques cleared from CBN’s Katsina Clearing House.

Responding to media enquiries, Bello, who was recently named the Business Hallmark Banker of the year 2010, expressed satisfaction with the bank’s performance and encouraged the staff to continue to give their best by providing quality service to the bank’s customers. He said the bank was poised to achieve its goal of being counted among the five top banks in the country in terms of market share in the near future.

At the Makurdi Bankers’ Award night, CBN also named Unity Bank as the second bank with the largest value of cheques cleared during the year under review. The bank had won first position in both categories in 2009.

This is coming on the heels of Unity Bank’s awards for the highest number of instruments cleared through the Kano Zone of the CBN.

Recently the Governor of CBN, Malam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi at an international media parley in London stated that Unity Bank Plc and Wema Bank Plc “have fixed their problems.”

Moreover, the Kaduna Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture lately rated Unity Bank as the most improved bank among participating banks at the just concluded 32nd Kaduna International trade fair.

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