Senate confirms Godwin Emefiele as Nigeria’s next Central Bank Governor Emefiele

Godwin Emefiele, CBN governor

Mr. Emefiele is the current MD of Zenith Bank.

The Senate has confirmed Godwin Emefiele as the next Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN.

Mr. Emefiele will resume in June when the tenure of the suspended Central Bank Governor, Lamido Sanusi, expires.

The Senate’s confirmation of Mr. Emefiele on Wednesday follows his nomination by President Goodluck Jonathan in February. The president nominated Mr. Emefiele, current Managing Director of Zenith Bank, as the new CBN boss hours after suspending Mr. Sanusi in February. Mr. Sanusi was suspended for alleged financial recklessness although many believe his suspension is due to his exposure of corruption in the petroleum industry.

Below is Mr. Emefiele’s profile as published on Zenith Bank’s website.

“He is the Group Managing Director, Zenith Bank Plc, a position he has held since August 2010. Until then he was the Deputy Managing Director of the bank, having been appointed into that position in 2001. Emefiele has been on the bank’s management team since inception and has held various management positions in the bank, including serving as the Bank’s Executive Director in charge of Corporate Banking, Treasury, Financial Control and Strategic Planning.

“Until he took over as Group Managing Director, Emefiele was directly responsible for all the Group’s local subsidiaries, Treasury and Correspondent Banking, and Multilateral, Conglomerates, & Private Banking. He also had responsibilities for direct supervision of majority of the bank’s branches in Lagos and Northern Nigeria.

“Emefiele has over twenty-six (26) years banking experience and holds a B.Sc and an MBA in Finance both from the University of Nigeria Nsukka. Before commencing his banking career, he lectured Finance, Bank Management, and Insurance at the University of Nigeria and University of Port Harcourt respectively.

“He is an alumnus of Stanford University, Harvard and Wharton Graduate School of Business where he took courses in Negotiation, Service Excellence, Critical Thinking, Leading Change and Strategy.

“Under Emefiele’s leadership, Zenith Bank has strengthened its position as a leading financial institution in Africa, winning recognition and getting endorsement at home and abroad for giant strides in key performance areas like corporate governance, service delivery and deployment of cutting-edge ICT as well as impact in the bank’s numerous spheres of operations.

“In 2012, Emefiele’s visionary leadership saw Zenith Bank receiving acclaim from reputable institutions such as world finance, CFI and FTSE Global Markets that have named Zenith the Best in Corporate Governance, Best Commercial Bank in Africa, and Emerging Global Super brand respectively.”


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