The Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has expressed his administrationâ€™s readiness to partner with the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) to enhance the capacity of civil servants in the state.
He made this known while receiving members of the Institute, who paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House, inÂ Benin City,Â on Monday.
Obaseki said his administration has finalised plans to launch the stateâ€™s Civil Service Training Institute and a training programme for Directors of Finance and Administration in the Civil Service that will expose them to current industry trends.
He described the institute as a â€œvery important and significant player in the banking sector, with a lot to offer in capacity building.â€
He said: â€œAlmost every bank in Nigeria has a branch in EdoÂ StateÂ and, as a government, we will leverage on this advantage by partnering with your institute to help us achieve our goal of making the state a regional banking centre. As a government, our role is to create an atmosphere that is attractive for business and this has informed some of the decisions we have taken since we came into government.â€
â€œWe are in government to create a clean and secure environment, streamline our revenue collection process and rid our cities of traffic congestion so that people can move around easily. For us to sustain these, we need to collaborate with your institute,â€ the governor added.
Earlier, the leader of the delegation and President/Chairman of the Council, CIBN, Prof. Segun Ajibola, commended the governor for the achievements recorded so far in the state. He said the visit was one of the mandates of the institute, which requires them to liaise and meet with critical stakeholders who have a role to play in moving the nation forward.
He expressed his appreciation to the governor for appointing members of the institute to his cabinet and noted that the governorâ€™s efforts in electricity generation was worth commending as well as other achievements.
â€œWe appreciate the leadership quality of the governor especially in the planned development of the Gelegele Sea Port in the state as well as other projects designed to improve the life of the people in the state,â€ Ajibola said