As part of its continued commitment to create an enabling environment and opportunities for the
promotion of sustainable growth and development of the Nigerian economy, First Bank of
Nigeria Limited has partnered with The Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) to host the
25th Nigerian Economic Summit (NES#25), its annual flagship event. The Silver Jubilee edition
of the Nigerian Economic Summit is themed “Nigeria 2050: Shifting Gears” and scheduled to
hold on 7 – 8 October 2019 at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja. Mrs Ibukun Awosika, Chairman, First
Bank of Nigeria Limited, would speak on “Gender Empowerment” at the plenary.
The Nigerian Economic Summit is the foremost credible platform for public-private dialogue
which enables policy makers and influencers to deliberate on issues, proffer policy options with
a view to a better understanding of our national economic policy direction and growth strategies.
National leaders and policy influencers billed to attend the event include His Excellency
Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; His Excellency Prof.
Yemi Osinbajo, GCON, Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; Mrs. Zainab Ahmed,
Hon. Minister for Finance, Budget & National Planning, Nigeria.
Other dignitaries are Senator Dr Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan PhD, CON, President of the Senate;
Right Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of the House of Representatives and Mrs. Amina
J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations. The Chief Host of the event is
Mr Asue Ighodalo, Chairman of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group.
Panelists at the event include Alhaji Aliko Dangote President/CEO Dangote Group; Mr Godwin
Emefiele Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria; Bishop Matthew Kukah, Founder, The Kukah
Centre; His Excellency Dr Kayode Fayemi, Chairman, Nigeria Governors Forum; HRH
Muhammadu Sanusi II, The Emir of Kano; Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin, Speaker, Oyo State House
of Assembly; Ibukun Awosika, Chairman, First Bank of Nigeria Limited; Hon. Mrs Hannatu
Mohammed, Board Member, ICPC; Mr. Chidi Ajaere, CEO, GIG Group; Mrs Juliet Anammah,
CEO, Jumia Nigeria and Mr Mauricio Alarcon, MD/CEO, Nestle Nigeria Plc .
The event is billed to comprise plenary sessions, exhibitions, design workshops, dinner and the
anniversary lecture as well as the presentation of awards and prizes to winners of the NES #25
essay competition and start-up pitching event.
First Bank of Nigeria Limited (FirstBank) is the premier Bank in West Africa and the leading
banking services solutions provider in Nigeria for 125 years. With over 16 million customer
accounts, FirstBank provides a comprehensive range of retail and corporate financial services
with over 33,000 business locations. The Bank has international presence through its
subsidiaries, FBN Bank (UK) Limited in London and Paris, FBNBank in the Republic of Congo,
Ghana, The Gambia, Guinea, Sierra-Leone and Senegal, as well as a Representative Office in
Since its establishment in 1894, FirstBank has consistently built relationships with customers
focusing on the fundamentals of good corporate governance, strong liquidity, optimised risk
management and leadership. Over the years, the Bank has led the financing of private
investment in infrastructure development in the Nigerian economy by playing key roles in the
Federal Government’s privatisation and commercialisation schemes. With its global reach,
FirstBank provides prospective investors wishing to explore the vast business opportunities that
are available in Nigeria, an internationally competitive world-class brand and a credible financial
FirstBank has been named “Most Valuable Bank Brand in Nigeria” six times in a row (2011 –
2016) by the globally renowned “The Banker Magazine” of the Financial Times Group; “Best
Retail Bank in Nigeria” for seven consecutive years (2011 – 2017) by the Asian Banker
International Excellence in Retail Financial Services Awards and “Best Bank in Nigeria” by
Global Finance for 15 years. Our brand purpose is to always put customers, partners and
stakeholders at the heart of our business, even as we standardise customer experience and
excellence in financial solutions across sub-Saharan Africa, in consonance with our brand vision
“To be the partner of first choice in building your future”. Our brand promise is to always deliver
the ultimate “gold standard” of value and excellence. This commitment is anchored on our
inherent values of passion, partnership and people, to position You First in every respect.