The Former Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Chief Sanusi Lamido Sanusi has emphasised on the need for government to make issues of experience and professionalism its priority before appointing top government officials.
Sanusi during an event organised by FITC tagged, “celebration of leadership excellence’’, to reward its past members that have contributed immensely to it, tasked the federal government to look inward by appointing brilliant individauals that had already imbibed the culture of a particular profession, noting that, this will bring about efficient and effective services to the benefit of Nigerians.
It will be very nice to bring people at the level of deputy governor to become governors. It is the culture of Central Bank of Nigeria to bring people who already have imbibed the culture of the apex bank. We will get the best if we allow people with experience transit from being a Deputy Governor to Governors.
“I will counsel that the first point of choice is to appoint an individual from within. If we do not have the individual with the required skills and capacity, only then can we source outside,” he said.
He commended FITC for celebrating leaders who have done excellently well, saying that this is one of the ways to encourage people to do the right things that will bring about positive changes to the society and the country at large. Also speaking at the event, the former Deputy Governor, CBN, Prof. Kingsley Moghalu, said his five years as deputy governor, in charge of Financial System Stability (FSS) was fulfilling, rewarding and challenging, pointing out that in 2009 after the global financial crisis, he played a very active role in stabilising and reforming the general banking system
“I want to commend FITC for the very important work it is doing in consulting, training and research for the financial services industry in Nigeria,” he said.
The Chief Executive Officer, FITC, Dr. Lucy Newman, said the event is held periodically to commend leaders for their efforts in the past, saying that celebrating leadership in excellence is not about being in office but about the work done and legacy left behind.
“It is a celebration of excellence in leadership. We have been around for 34 years.
We periodically go back in history to see what people have done and commending them for their efforts.
The celebration of leaders is not about being in office but about what has been done in office.
We are celebrating excellence in leadership and service because FITC is not for profit and leaders who served in FITC are not compensated for their work but giving back to the system,” she said.
She said, “The hope is that as many organisations have leaders, they should hold them accountable when they do wrong and celebrate them when they do right.”