(L-R) Outgoing UBA-Liberia MD/CEO, Mr. OlalekanBalogun and Incoming UBA-Liberia MD/CEO, Madam Nkechi Joyce Arizor Pose for a photograph (L-R) Outgoing UBA-Liberia MD/CEO, Mr. OlalekanBalogun and Incoming UBA-Liberia MD/CEO, Madam Nkechi Joyce Arizor Pose for a photograph

UBA Liberia Gets New MD/CEO

United Bank for Africa, a Pan-African bank with presence in twenty African countries, has named Madam NkechiJoyce Arizor as MD/CEO of UBA-Liberia. Madam Arizor replaces Olalekan Balogun who served as MD/CEO for nearly four years.

Madam Arizor is a Certified ISO Auditor who began her banking career in August of 1991 and has risen through the ranks and file of the banking sector, occupying several positions in both operations and marketing.

Madam Arizo has an MBA in Management from the University of Nigeria, an M. Ed (Educational Management and Planning) from the University of Port Harcourt and a B: Ed Certificate from the University of Ibadan. She comes with a wealth of experience in banking.

Her combined sales and vast Operations knowledge comes in handy to help position UBA Liberia as the most enviable Bank and the best rated Bank in all spheres.

“I am glad that I was appointed to a country where there are so many opportunities and fortunately, we have all the products to match the market we are in,” she said.  It can be recalled that on January 15, 2020, MadamArizorwas appointed alongside AbiolaBawuah, who now heads the West Africa Operations of UBA as regional CEO. Madam Arizor and Bawuah appointments represent the bank’s mission of gender diversity and women empowerment at all levels.

Oliver Alawuba, former Regional CEO of West Africa, was also appointed as UBA Africa CEO, now in charge of all twenty African Countries where UBA has presence. “We are desirous of creating excitement and enthusiasm in every aspect of our work environment and to make UBA the best place-to-work,” the new CEO of UBA Africa Oliver Alawuba was quoted when he addressed staff of the Bank.

In addition to having operations in 20 African countries, United Bank for Africa also has presence in major financial capitals of New York, London and Paris. UBA’s mission is to be the undisputed, leading and dominant financial services institution in Africa with excellent service delivery at the core of its values.
In Liberia, UBA is leading the digital banking space with several digital products being rolled out to her many customers for easy and convenient banking.

Chief of its digital products are LEO, a chat banking product that enables customers to do banking, using Facebook messenger and WhatsApp, Magic banking, Mobile Banking App, Internet Banking, and the recently launched push and pull service which allows customers to move money from their UBA Account to their mobile money wallet, and vice versa.

UBA Liberia is also dominant in the market with the issuance of Visa pre-paid cards and local currency visa card.

Speaking at an introductory press conference in Monrovia on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 to mark the arrival of the new incoming head of UBA-Liberia, the Outgoing Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the United Bank for Africa Liberia Limited, Mr. OlalenkanBalogun, said it is about time for Liberians to embrace technology, especially in the banking sector, stressing that it will reduce inefficiency and help rapidly drive the sector to a higher and improved heights.

While describing his nearly four years of service to the UBA family in Liberia as a remarkable journey, Balogun asserted that the UBA brand has a peculiar DNA very unique intended to meet the direct and indirect taste of clients nationally, regionally and globally, and against this back drop, he expressed optimism that his predecessor with the level of experience and achievements over the years will even double from where he left it.

He named the “Push and Pull” promotion introduced by UBA- Liberia as his major achievement, which, according to him, took over a year but is now making banking easier for Liberians.

Moreover, the UBA outgoing head also named the strengthening of financial inclusion policy in UBA , modernization of payments and other transactions as well as services during his term as some achievements that will not go unnoticed in the sector.

The outgoing UBA boss, who challenged Liberians to now see the need to muster the courage and move along with the new age, also urged them-Liberians to accept change, which he pinpointed, was one of his greatest challenges.

“For the people to accept digital or mobile banking in Liberia was not an easy task and even up till now more people are not making use of it, in spite of its many advantages, they have to embrace technology in order for Liberia to get faster on par with their regional as well as their International counterparts,” intoned.

He recognized that getting people in Liberia to accepting new ways of doing things is so challenging, adding that such attitude needs to change for the better.

Balogun, who commended the media for its overwhelming support to the UBA-Liberia during his service here, and also called on the media and the workers of UBA-Liberia to work as a team with their new boss and support her initiative for the betterment of the sector.

In brief remarks, the incoming Managing Director of United Bank For Africa Liberia Limited, Madam Nkechi Joyce Arizor, thanked Balogun for his immense contributions to the UBA family and the sector in general.

“Wearing a big shoe like Balogun is not an easy task, but I will strive to do more and take over from where he stopped,” Madam Arizor pointed out.

Despite remote or other locations, she, among other things, pledged that financial inclusion for everyone will be part of her many objectives.

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