The United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc has unveiled the second edition of its Campus Ambassador Programme with the induction of 30 new brand ambassadors.
The Programme is an initiative of the bank to identify young emerging leaders among students of tertiary institutions and give them a unique and highly rewarding learning experience.
The 30 successful candidates were selected from over 300 students across tertiary institutions in Nigeria through a rigorous screening exercise in line with set criteria.
The inauguration ceremony was held at the UBA house in Lagos with Executive Director, Group Chief Operating Officer, Chuks Nweke, and other senior management staff in attendance.
Commenting on the initiative, Nweke said that UBA was pleased to have the students on board as valuable Ambassadors who will help propagate the bank’s goodwill messages, ethos, values and what it stands for as a bank, across their institutions.
According to him, UBA is a bank with strong affiliation to youths as evident in the bank’s scholarship and grants schemes through the UBA Foundation National Essay Competition amongst other educational initiatives.
He said: “We at UBA take youth development and engagement seriously, because we believe they are the future of Nigeria. For this reason, we decided to collaborate for the purpose of building their creative skills, leadership skills. It is the abilities that the students exhibited that influenced their selection. No doubt, they have the core values of Enterprise, Excellence and Execution that are dear to us. Starting from now, they are expected to try to exhibit the core values of UBA.
“We need people in who can exhibit those qualities, beyond what we’ve done, these are people we have seen leadership traits in. We will work with them to develop their leadership traits, creativity for the good of everyone”.
In his remarks, the Group Head, Retail & Consumer Banking, Mr. Tomiwa Sotiloye, explained that, the 30 students selected are from 10 universities, adding that “the new ones among them are 25. We have five returning ambassadors from the pioneer set. He noted that among the 15 the bank decided to retain a few outstanding students”.
He explained that the programme was for six months.
Sotiloye said: “Starting from next session it will be one year because we have now aligned the programme to the academic calendar – not from January- December which gave us a lot of problems last year.
“As part of our plans to bring them on board, from now we will take them on an intensive training. They will have specific projects which they will execute after which We will discuss the projects tomorrow. Also worthy of note is that they will get an opportunity for a one month paid internship at any of our branches. They will also get paid for this programme. And for them, a pathway has opened for employment in UBA”, he added
He also charged the ambassadors to be good leaders and positive influencers who should stand out in all they do by ensuring that the bank’s reputation is not undermined in their campuses.
The 30 ambassadors, who are A-list students in their various institutions, include: Hassan Mahmud Balarabe, Ahmadu Bello University, Muftau Monishola Barakat, Ahmadu Bello University, Ibrahim Kamilu Muhammad, Ahmadu Bello University; Okara Daniel, Babcock University; Olujobi Adebayo, Babcock University , Romi Oghoghome, Obafemi Awolowo University; Ajisafe Mojolaadura, Obafemi Awolowo University; Barakat Tiamiyu, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ike Nathaniel C., Obafemi Awolowo University; Fadaini Asalewa Boluwatife , Obafemi Awolowo University; Jaja Queen Oko, Rivers State University; and Wuche Jeremiah Chris, Rivers State University
Others include, Umeh Justice Frank, University of Abuja; Victor Isah Efekpo University of Abuja, Stanley Nnamdi Alieke, University of Benin; Rita Nkemdilim Okonkwo, University of Benin; Isaiah Confidence O, University of Benin, Ihechi Opara, University of Ibadan, and Egbodofo Temitope Sunday, University of Ibadan.
Also unveiled are, Chiamaka Uzokwe, University of Lagos; Olatunbosun Yetunde Anuoluwapo, University of Lagos, Fatogun Ayomiposi Oluwatoyin; University of Lagos, Nwajiaku, Vivian Nneka, University of Lagos, Winifred C. Mbanugo ,University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Ezeonu Tochukwu Edward, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Charles-Onah Orlando C., University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Asimiea Ibioku, University of Port Harcourt, Manuel Dateim Ibikebobo, University of Port Harcourt; Beth-karibo Owen Tamunoibi, University of Port Harcourt, and Benson Queen Chidinma, University of Port Harcourt