Former staff of the United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc came together on Tuesday to launch the UBA Alumni Network.
The COVID-19-complaint event which took place at UBA’s Amphitheatre was well attended by ex-staff. It was also streamed virtually.
Chairperson of the UBA Alumni Network, Mosun Yusuf, a former employee with the employee experience unit, welcomed all participants and explained the reason behind the establishment of the Alumni Network. She also shared the team’s expectations for the network.
She said, “What we are witnessing today is a result of enormous collective efforts that came about with the express desire of ex-staff to network and maintain a cordial relationship after their exit from the bank. It is an innovative effort to build a strong bond of human community especially in the face of technological developments that is forcing people into some sort of isolation.
Yusuf added, “We believe human connectivity is necessary to promote cordial living and will assist to achieve the individual and collective goals that we plan to attain.”
UBA’s executive director of treasury and international banking, Chiugo Ndubisi, who gave the goodwill message on behalf of the group managing director, Kennedy Uzoka, commended all those who had worked tirelessly behind the scene to ensure that the alumni was up and running.
He said, “We are indeed glad at the launch of this Alumni Network and the bank will continue to support you in any way we can. We who are still staff of the bank will follow through to ensure that things are working well so that we can also join this great network in future.”
Former FIRS chairman and member of the UNILAG alumni, Ifueko Omoigui-Okauru, who gave the keynote address at the event, commended ex-UBA staff and the steering committee for the idea of setting up an alumni network.
“I cannot overemphasise how networking and strong bonds remain essential for people even after they have left their places of employment and I therefore must commend both the ex-staff and the bank for this great feat,” Omoigui-Okauru said.
The former FIRS boss, who is currently the president of Queen’s College Alumni, cited examples of how successful her career in the FIRS was as a result of support from members of her various alumni groups despite having no prior experience working in a government parastatal.