Zenith Bank chairman, Mr. Jim Ovia said he would continue to elevate and support the high standards of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
He had made the promise when giving a speech during the 47th Convocation ceremony of the university where he was given an honorary doctoral degree, Mr. Ovia said he is truly honored and humbled to accept the honorary doctoral degree from the great Den of the Lions, the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
Mr. Ovia sincerely thanked the Vice Chancellor, the Council and the Senate of UNN for bestowing on him the Honorary Doctoral Degree of Business Administration.
Mr. Ovia also stated that the University of Nigeria as a center of excellence is an institution that has produced industrious individuals in the private sector, as well as public sectors of Nigeria. ”In my role at the controls of one of the leading financial institutions in the country, I have had the privilege of meeting several alumni of this great university.
The “Lion” shows as a symbol of strength on the university banner. In reality and particularly in the corporate tower chase, the lions have at all times devoured their prey and beaten their competitors to the game. I’m always lucky to be on their side.
”I can attest that this university is indeed a training ground for capable, committed, and compassionate change agents, having witnessed firsthand, the quality of a product of this institution, in the person of Dr. Godwin Emefiele, who was the Chief Executive Officer and Group Managing Director of Zenith Bank Plc., between July, 2010 and May, 2014. During which time the bank witnessed exponential growth and phenomenal profitability.
”As the present Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele’s performance and current results arguably puts him as the best Central Bank Governor in the history of Nigeria. This performance is no doubt due to the excellent training he received at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
”Mr .Jim congratulated the grandaunts, and encouraged them not to relent that it is not over yet.” He remind them of the hours spent studying in and outside the classrooms; the early mornings and the late nights they endured; and all the hard work that culminated into today’s success story are all a preparation for the life they are about to embark on.
”Be good ambassadors of this great institution he told them, wherever you find yourself and continue to display those positive attributes that saw you through. ”I commend your parents and guardians for the sacrifices undertaken to support your education.
He also extended his commendation to the University Administration; both teaching and non-teaching staff, for the effort put towards realizing today’s achievement. Without your contributions we wouldn’t be here today he said.
”As we move on after the ceremony, I will like for us to reflect on the fact that we are now saddled with the responsibility of holding up the reputation of this great institution, which we are all so proud to be associated with.