The Point (Banjul)

7 February 2014

Gambia: Nigeria Skye Bank Group Top Officials Visit Gambia

The Managing Director of Skye Bank Group main office in Nigeria, Kehinde Durosinmi-Etti, who doubles as the Chief Executive Officer, accompanied by six other top officials of the bank on Thursday concluded a two-day working visit to their subsidiary Sky Bank in The Gambia.

The delegations, which arrived on Wednesday, were received at the Banjul International Airport by the management of Sky Bank Gambia, led by their Managing Director Mohamed Gillen.

During their two-day visit, they were taken on a conducted tour by the Managing Director of Sky Bank Gambia and its management to various institutions in the country including the Central Bank of The Gambia, Shyben Madi & Sons Limited, Gam-Petroleum, QCell, Nigerian Embassy, the Ministry of Higher Education, and climaxed their trip with a courtesy call on the Presidential Minister at State House.

In a brief statement upon their arrival at Sky Bank Gambia, the Managing Director of Sky Bank Group, Nigeria, expressed delight at the warm welcome accorded them in The Gambia.

The visit was part of the Sky Bank Group, Nigeria, to their subsidiary Sky Banks in the sub-region to have firsthand information and also to see possible way of supporting the banks, he said.

The Group MD/CEO said the visit was also to meet the employees of their subsidiary banks, as well as meeting their customers to strengthen the relationship in the business, which is very key and one of the most important things to him.

According to him, the delegations deemed it very essential to come and meet with some of their development partners in the business, particularly the Central Bank of The Gambia, to assure them as a Sky Bank continue to maintain the rules and regulations of the Central Bank of The Gambia.

"Sky Bank Group, which is the parent body based in Nigeria, believed that the Sky Bank is growing, which means the banks have good policy in place which is striving on their subsidiary banks," he said.

In welcoming the visitors at Sky Bank Gambia conference room, Managing Director Mohamed Gillen expressed his profound gratitude and appreciation to the delegations for visiting their subsidiary bank and development partners of various institutions in The Gambia.

He noted that the visit was something very highly appreciated by his bank and he is hopeful that it would be a value-added rewarding mission.

He also said the mission was in line with the subsidiary bank's regard and concern for its clients and development partners in The Gambia, adding that their customers know their challenges, needs and concerns, as well as the regulator, the Central Bank of the Gambia, whose regulations and policies they strive professionally to comply with.

MD Gillen then seized the opportunity to thank the parent body for the confidence bestowed on him and the bank in The Gambia and promised he would live up to expectations. Author: Abdoulie Nyockeh

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