By Chika Otuchikere
The First City Monument Bank (FCMB) has challenged media practitioners to reinvent themselves and expand the frontiers of their knowledge by adopting innovative skills that would help them meet the dynamics of the profession.
The Group Head, Corporate Affairs of FCMB, Mr. Diran Olojo, threw the challenge last weekend during an interactive and capacity building forum it organized for media executives and correspondents based in Abuja and the Northern Region.
He pledged the bank’s commitment to empower the practitioners with the requisite tools and knowledge that promotes the values of professionalism and ethics in the discharge of their duties.
Olojo explained that it was part of the FCMB’s initiatives to further promote excellence, build capacity of media practitioners, spur ideas, deepen relationships and appreciate their contributions over the years to the success of the Bank since its establishment 34 years ago.
This, according to him, is as a result of the critical role the media plays in national development.
According to him, “At FCMB, we recognise the strategic importance and role of the media not just in promoting our business, but in the areas of agenda setting, providing solutions and dissemination of quality and balanced communication that drives national unity and development in a sustainable manner.
“As an institution anchored on the culture of excellence and professionalism, we will continue to champion and execute initiatives that would assist the Nigerian media industry and journalists perform optimally as the fourth estate of the realm and key influencers.
“We therefore urge our media practitioners to reinvent themselves and expand the frontiers of their knowledge by adopting innovative skills that would help them meet the dynamics of the profession while upholding due diligence and ethics that conform with global best practices’’.
In his paper titled, ‘The Nigerian Economy and Financial Sector in 2018’, the guest speaker at the media parley, Mr. Opeyemi Agbaje, observed that having overcome the recession in some critical areas, things were looking up for the nation’s economy going by the positive signals shown by several macroeconomic indicators, such as stable exchange rates, growing foreign reserves and inflation.