I feel highly honoured to be here to give few remarks on this very important occasion of the opening ceremony of a Board retreat organized for the members of the NDIC Board. I want to specially welcome our Distinguished Senators and Hon. Members of the National Assembly, who despite their tight schedules for the day have been able to answer our call to participate at this retreat. I wish to reiterate that your presence at this retreat clearly confirms not only your interest in the activities of the Corporation but also shows the commitment of the National Assembly towards ensuring the stability of the Nigerian banking system.
Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, you will recall that towards the end of last year, the Boards of Federal Government Parastatals were dissolved. However, that of the NDIC was retained by Mr. President in realization of the crucial role the Corporation plays in ensuring the stability of the banking system in the country as well as the confidence he has in the Board. I want to seize this opportunity to thank Mr. President for retaining the NDIC Board of Directors and to assure him of our continuous support to the laudable programmes put together by his administration. We are also giving the assurances of our continuous support and guidance to the Management of the Corporation so that it can achieve its mandate.
Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, before I conclude my few remarks, let me also recognize and welcome our distinguished facilitators from within and outside the country for accepting to join us at this retreat and to also make presentations. No doubt you are busy men and women, but despite all that, you make out time to afford the NDIC Board the opportunity to tap from your wealth of experience. This is a clear indication of your interest in the activities of the NDIC as well as your commitment to the noble course of ensuring a safe and sound banking practice in the country.
Finally, to my co-participants, I urge us all to make the best use of this rare opportunity, while we thank the Management of the Corporation for packaging the retreat.
Thank you and God bless.
February 15, 2012