The Group Managing Director/CEO of Polaris Bank Limited Tokunbo Abiru has stressed the importance of staff training.
He spoke at the graduation of the first set of staff from Polaris Business School, the bank’s training school, in Ibadan, at the weekend.
According to him, “We in the banking industry have to train our people properly and let them know the values that the sector stands for and also the kind of understanding that they must bring to bear when they are coming to the real world and the workplace, in particular”.
He noted that the essence of the training was to inculcate the bank’s values in the new set of graduates that we are bringing on board. ”They have to buy into the values of the institution and topmost on that is the need for them to place very high premium on ethics and what the bank and the larger financial sector stands for which is very strong corporate governance.”
Addressing the new staff who came through the popular graduate trainee route, of the combined streams 43 and 44, of the Polaris Graduate Intensive Training (PGIT) respectively, the Polaris Bank GMD, advised them to place very high premium on ethics and corporate governance as a major part of what shapes anybody’s career in an industry like the financial institution.
“You have been trained to be professionals and leaders, who will make the difference in any area of the bank you are deployed to. You are undergoing today’s graduation not because we sought to do you a favour, but because you emerged successful from amongst thousands of Nigerians that sat for the same examination”, he added.