GMD welcome address for First Bank of Nigeria Annual Merit Awards 2010
It’s All About Celebrating You!A WELCOME ADDRESS BY MR. BISI ONASANYA, GMD/CEO, FIRST BANK OFNIGERIA PLC, AT THE 2010 FIRSTBANK BALL, EKO HOTEL & SUITES, VICTORIAISLAND, DECEMBER 3, 2010PROTOCOL:Distinguished Special Guests;Fellow FirstBankers;Ladies and gentlemen:I am pleased to welcome you as we felicitate with one another this evening in the sixth edition ofour annual merit awards. Let me quickly explain that I personally requested that we fine-tune thenature of this ceremony to be more staff-friendly. This is because I believe that after working sohard for a whole year our staff deserve an unfettered opportunity to totally unwind in a suitableenvironment devoid of any encumbrances. Thats the major reasoning behind the change ofnomenclature to the FirstBank Ball, which incorporates the FirstBank Annual Merit Award(FAMA). I have no doubt that going by the sneak preview I was opportune to glimpse, you willsure have a great ball this evening. After all it’s about celebrating you.About this time last year during the CAMA 2009 edition, we were regaled with lots ofperformances by FirstBankers. Well, for this edition all I can say is “you aint seen nothing yet”.Tonight we are once again showing that FirstBanks got talent beyond our usual provision ofoutstanding banking services. Someone has even suggested that considering the abundance ofdiverse talents, we should establish a FirstBank Entertainment subsidiary.Ladies and gentlemen, a lot of you have worked very hard for the continued success of theBank. We have made our stakeholders happy in various ramifications. For this I am particularlygrateful. You therefore deserve this opportunity to play hard. Too much of everything, however,is a problem. I urge you therefore to reserve some energy for the rest of the festive season andthe year ahead.
Meanwhile, let me assure you that going by the outlook and strategic plans of Management forthe next financial year, it promises to be the best year ever, by the grace of Almighty God.However, effort in the right direction is required to achieve our set corporate objectives. But weare not anxious about tomorrow, as I am sure you are all equal to the task.As we are single-minded on celebrating you tonight, it is not a time for a long speech. Let mesalute Mrs. Ayodele Jaiyesimi, Head Human Capital Management & Development and Mrs.Folake Ani-Mumuney Head, Marketing & Corporate Communications, as well as the Bankwideteam that has worked hard to deliver the enlivening ceremony we are enjoying today.Please relax and share a wonderful time together as it is all about celebrating you.May God bless FirstBank and may God bless Nigeria.Bisi OnasanyaGMD/CEO, First Bank of Nigeria Plc