Published On: Fri, Apr 30th, 2021

Reinstating First Bank’s Adeduntan ‘ll Boost Investor Confidence – Okunrounmu

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News Investigators/ A former Director, Budgeting Department, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Titus Okunrounmu, has commended the apex bank for reinstating Adesola Adeduntan as Managing Director of First Bank Nigeria PLC.

Mr. Okunrounmu said that the CBN decision would boost investors’ confidence in First Bank Nigeria Plc.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, had on Thursday in Abuja, announced the sack of the boards of First Bank Nigeria.

He also directed the reinstatement of its former Managing Director/Chief Executive, Adesola Adeduntan.

Mr. Okunrounmu said the pro-active step by the CBN would ensure investors into the commercial bank did not withdraw their investments due to the earlier changes.

In an interview with NAN on Friday in Ota, Ogun, Okunrounmu said the reinstatement of Adeduntan was ‘fitting’.

He blamed the First Bank boards for beginning the processes, which consumed them, by unlawfully sacking Adeduntan and appointing Gbenga Shobo as the new Managing Director.

Mr. Okunrounmu said that the step taken by the apex bank would save investments of individuals and corporate entities in First Bank.

The former CBN director said that the boards of First Bank of Nigeria did not follow due processes in removing Adeduntan.

“What the bank did was wrong because they can’t do whatever they liked as there are procedures regulating the financial sector.

“What the apex bank did was in order because they were trying to check abuse of power exhibited by the boards of First Bank,’’ NAN quotes him as saying.

Mr. Okunrounmu urged major players in the financial sector to willingly do what is right in order to save the banking sector from collapsing again.

He regretted that people’s unwillingness to do the right things had contributed to the challenges of the financial sector and the country at large. (NAN)

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