By Chibuike Nwabuko
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has hailed the appointment of Mr. Anthony Adejo Okpanachi as the pioneer Managing Director/ CEO of Development Bank of Nigeria. He said Nigeria is better for it for identifying this exceptionally cerebral technocrat to be the pioneer pilot of the bank.
Bello stated this in a congratulatory message signed by Kingsley Fanwo, DG Media and Publicity to the Governor and sent to Sundiata Post.
The statement reads in part, ““I congratulate Mr. Anthony Adejo Okpanachi for his light in the banking industry for the past 26 years, 18 of which he has been on the management levels; has illuminated through to earn him a place in our vehicle of change and development’.
The Governor who expressed profound confidence in Mr. Okpanachi, described the erudite banker as “Kogi’s intellectual credit to the banking industry”, and urged him to use the bank to achieve “monumental development for the nation in line with the Change Agenda of the President Buhari’s administration.”
According to Bello, Kogi State under his watch, “has continued to put her best forward in the service of our fatherland and we shall continue to contribute meaningfully to our bid at bridging leadership deficiency in all the sectors of the economy”.
Bello also thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for giving capable and patriotic Kogites the opportunity to serve their fatherland.
Mr. Okpanachi, before his appointment was the Deputy Managing Director of Ecobank Nigeria, holds an MBA from Manchester Business School (UK), B.Sc Economics from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He holds an M.Sc in the same field from the prestigious University of Lagos.
The Governor urged Mr. Okpanachi to” replicate the ingenious performance demonstrated as Chief Executive Officer of Ecobank Kenya and Regional Head for East Africa, comprising Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi within the Ecobank Group”.