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Cititrust Academy unveils its first graduate trainees

Cititrust Holdings plc has unveiled the first set of 29 graduate trainees of its newly established Cititrust Academy Graduate Management Programme at a graduation ceremony in Lagos.

The successful completion of the programme marked the beginning of the Cititrust Academy as a strong pillar of support to fresh graduates when starting a career path, Ikechukwu Peter, country chief executive, said at the event.

He said the Academy would provide graduates with specialized knowledge, training, and development opportunities to advance into the corporate world.

He admonished the graduands to embrace Cititrust corporate goal of building an amicable financial institution with its products and services enriching the customer experience.

In his welcome speech via an online meeting, Yemi Adefisan, group chief executive, said the graduands “have become an alumnus of a great company” and, as such, “should aspire to become leaders to dominate the entire Africa and the world at large in the provision of bespoke financial services”.

“Nothing should be impossible,” he said, advising the graduands to imbibe team spirit which has become the hallmark and trait in Cititrust.

Adefisan informed the graduands that the company is built on four core values – Empathy, Assurance, Integrity, and Nobility – and as such, operates an open-door policy to all its employees across West Africa and Europe, customers and other stakeholders.

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Ashetu Banjoko, the company’s country head of human capital management, disclosed that the adverts/notifications put out to the public received over 500 applicants across West Africa, out of which 150 were invited for the entry test, and 29 made it to the intensive training stage.

The highlight of the event was the presentation of a certificate of participation to all graduands and special prizes to the most outstanding amongst them.

Adeyemi Segun, who emerged as the best student, said “despite all the distractions, we were committed to complete the training because we wanted to be Enablers”.

He further urged his colleagues to be the epitome of integrity and to always strive for excellence.

Nofisat Abdulsalam, who emerged as the first runner-up, and Adejumo Ibrahim, the second runner-up, said though the training was quite intensive, the facilitators made it exciting and less difficult.

They said they were “guided through the culture and values of the company, making it an interesting exercise”.