Zenith Bank Plc Chairman, Jim Ovia, while accepting a honorary degree of doctor of business administration at the 47th convocation of the University of Nigeria (UNN) said Godwin Emefiele is the best Governor the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has ever had.
Ovia and Emefiele are alumni of the UNN.
“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,” he said.
He stated that when Emefiele was the Chief Executive Officer and group Managing Director of Zenith Bank Plc between July 2010 and May 2014 that the bank witnessed exponential growth and phenomenal profitability.
Ovia also attributed Emefiele’s performance and current results at the central bank to what he described as the excellent training he received at UNN.
He noted that UNN was a centre of excellence that has produced industrious individuals in the private and public sectors of this country, adding that in his role at the helm of Zenith Bank, he had the privilege of meeting several other alumni of the university.
“I am truly honoured and humbled to accept this honorary doctoral degree from the great den of the lions – the University of Nigeria, Nsukka – on this auspicious occasion of your 47th convocation ceremony. In this regard, I sincerely thank the vice chancellor, the council and the senate of this great and noble institution for bestowing on me this honorary doctoral degree of business administration,” he said.
Ovia said alumni of the university have proven their worth in several endeavours saying, “in reality and particularly in the corporate steeple chase, the lions have always devoured their prey and beaten their competitors to the game. I’m always lucky to be on their side.”
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