Ghanaian President Calls for More Jim Ovias on the Continent


President Akufo-Addo of Ghana has commended the contributions of Zenith Bank to the deepening of financial intermediation and the development of Ghanaian financial services sector.

Describing the bank as a ‘truly pan-African bank’ with presence in several countries on the continent, President Akufo-Addo observed that the continent needs institutions like Zenith Bank to bring about a united West Africa and Africa, that will engender future prosperity of its people and the entire continent.

The president made this remark when he inagurated the new Head Office complex of Zenith Bank Ghana, at Ridge, Accra, Ghana.

He further remarked that the initiative and sense of risk-taking and entrepreneurship that Zenith Bank represents is what will drive Ghana and indeed the continent to prosperity, economic interdependence and sustainability. He added that for the economic renaissance we seek, “we need many more Jim Ovias” on the continent to leapfrog enterprise and entrepreneurship.

President Akufo-Addo also commended the bank for paying attention to another important aspect of Ghana’s development – education of young people – through its $2 million educational support. He described the initiative as tremendous and applauded Ovia for his characteristic kind gesture.

 In his speech, the founder and group Chairman of Zenith Bank, Ovia, observed that the decision by the leadership of the bank to invest in Ghana is well thought-through considering the Ghana is an emerging economic superpower in the sub-region and a very viable and virile entity.

Zenith Bank (Ghana) Limited (“Zenith”), a financial services provider, was incorporated in April 2005 under the Banking Act 2004 (Act 673) as a private limited company and commenced universal banking operation in September 2005.

Since inception, the Zenith brand has been synonymous with its cutting edge ICT platform, passionately innovative staff and devotion to the development of top of the range products and services to meet customer needs. Zenith Bank is an epitome of a stable and strong institution with a brand and customer service that is the envy of its peers.

The bank’s main service delivery channels include 34 business locations (branches and agencies) as well as numerous e-products and e-services across Ghana.
Zenith Bank Ghana was a few days ago adjudged the country’s 2017 bank of the Year by the UK-based The Banker magazine.

  • xto

    I’m a start up entrepreneur, but have issues with the political group. They don’t just want progress. They suck so much from the private sector in terms of taxes, tenement rates, levies, obnoxious laws and nothing to give back to tax payers in return. They share the money, allocate all police for their own protection while banks pay heavily for private security and police. You can imagine a Senator going with over 10 mobile policemen.

  • xto

    Yes for sure. The business managers and entrepreneurs have been putting in thier utmost best, but the political elites remain the major stumbling block to economic development and business growth in Nigeria. What a shame!.

  • Ambrose Echemazu

    Nigeria can boast of many scientific managers and proven intellectuals, but the country has been unlucky. We have had either very ignorant or selfish political leaders or both.

  • Daniel Obior

    Thank God the man is sensible calling for more Jim Ovias, and not more Dele Momodus.