By Etuka Sunday
The Central Bank of Nigeria has confirmed the appointment of AlhajiLamisDikko as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Unity Bank Plc.
The approval was contained in a letter from the apex bank dated April 22, 2014, signed by the Director of Banking Supervision, Mrs. Tokunbo Martins.
The letter also conveyed the approval of Mr. Thomas Etuh as the pioneer vice chairman of the Bank. Collectively, Dikko and Etuh will be bringing in over 40 years of collective experience to the Board of Unity Bank plc.
The Board of Directors of the Bank had on March 27, 2014 forwarded the names of AlhajiDikko and Mr. Etuh to the CBN, following the resignation of the former chairman, AlhajiNumanBarauDanbatta, OON. While awaiting the approval, Mr. Etuh had been serving as interim chairman.
AlhajiDikko is a seasoned banker who has extensive banking experience and a strong background in the financial services sector. He was also an intricate part in the consolidation process that led to the establishment of the Bank in 2006 and will bring to bear his many years of experience and wide contacts to the current re-organization and rejuvenation of Unity Bank.
He worked in Habib Nigeria Bank Ltd for more than fourteen years where he rose to the position of General Manager. He then moved to Intercity Bank Plc (one of the legacy banks of Unity Bank Plc) where he rose to become the Managing Director in 2001 until it merged with 8 other banks to form Unity Bank in 2005. At Unity Bank, he was first, Executive Director, Credit Risk Management and then Group Executive Director, (Central) before he left the Bank in 2010.