James Emejo in Abuja
The United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc has assured investors and shareholders of her continuous adherence to solid corporate governance processes as it honoured its ex-director, Chief Kola Jamodu.
At a colourful cocktail/dinner party, held over the weekend in his honour, Jamodu was celebrated for his service on the bank’s board for 12 years as a non-executive director.
Accolades were poured on him, for his remarkable contributions to the group over the period that have helped solidify the bank’s footprints in its many countries of operations.
Speaking at the event, UBA’s Group Chairman, Tony Elumelu, commended Jamodu’s efforts in contributing towards the strong corporate governance policies which UBA currently boasts of.
He said: “Chief Jamodu is a great Nigerian, a respected man and a great non-executive director to UBA. He has been wonderful and instrumental to today’s current standing of UBA across our 20 presence countries in Africa as well as in America, the United Kingdom and in Paris.
“He was on the board of UBA for 12 years, and in line with corporate practices, which says at the end of 12 years, you retire from the board, he is retiring and we are here to celebrate his contribution to the bank.”
While reeling off some of Jamodu’s many achievements, Elumelu said: “He has been extremely supportive to UBA; he served as Chairman of Board Risk Committee, and he has all the experience – a chartered accountant, extremely astute, chairman of Nigerian Breweries, chairman of PZ, chairman of Nutricima; former minister of industry; a great tax expert, financial and management expert and UBA has been extremely lucky to have him on our board for 12 years.
“So to him and his family, we say thank you for all the support, for the teachings, for being generous with knowledge and for asking those hard questions that made us solidify our governance processes here at UBA.”
On his part, the Group Managing Director/Chief Executive, Kennedy Uzoka, further highlighted the impact which Jamodu’s experience had on the bank, adding that he was able to help UBA navigate through some challenges that have now made the bank come out even stronger.
He also said UBA remained an organisation known for strong governance, which must be respected.
According to him: “Chief Kola Jamodu is a very astute financial manager with diverse experience; he is someone that has helped us as managers to look into areas that we may not have looked into. During his time, he helped us to navigate critical issues, and now UBA America is a bank on its own as is UBA UK.
“He was always asking the right questions which others would have missed, and this is what helped us be where we are today. He started with us when we had just a few countries of operation and now today, UBA is operating in 23 countries. Kudos to Jamodu, he will be missed.”
Jamodu, who attended the event with his beautiful wife Funmilayo, thanked the bank for the opportunity given to him to contribute to the growth of the UBA Group, adding that as a board member, one should be able to have an impact in the way things are being done, in governance principles and much more.
Speaking on his most memorable achievements on the board, the celebrant, who regaled his moments with the bank, said:“I am very happy today that loan loss provisioning in UBA is one of the lowest because of the way we have handled those issues. My door is quite open and I will continue to offer what I can to ensure that this bank which I am still very much a part of continues to flourish. My advice to the board, is that they should continue to ensure good succession planning which is very important.”
He told journalists: “I don’t believe that I was invited to the board to clap for the achievements. I was brought in to appreciate what was being done and to offer suggestions on how we can do it better. I thought that was my job and it’s been very much appreciated.”
Asked to share his memorable moments with the board, he said: “I think they are quite a number but one of them really was when we at times consider credit to customers, when individuals are required to make inputs.