Nigeria’s Sky Capital Takes Over Skye Bank Sierra Leone, Appoints MD, others

Nigeria’s Sky Capital Takes Over Skye Bank Sierra Leone, Appoints MD, others

Nigeria’s Sky Capital Takes Over Skye Bank Sierra Leone, Appoints MD, others

Nigeria’s Sky Capital Takes Over Skye Bank Sierra Leone, Appoints MD, others

Sky Capital & Financial Allied Limited, the SIFAX Group’s financial services division, has named a new managing director and three non-executive directors for Skye Bank, Sierra Leone, one of its subsidiaries.

Following Bank of Sierra Leone permission, Mr. Abiola Bolaji has officially taken over as the bank’s managing director, with Mr. Ayoku Liadi, Mr. Abdul Sheku Kargbo, and Arch. Abel Onomake assuming the non-executive director roles.

Abiola Bolaji is a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University in Ife and holds two master’s degrees from the ICMA Centre at the Henley Business School of the University of Reading in the United Kingdom, one in corporate finance and the other in accounting and financial management with distinction. Before joining Universal Trust Bank as a Relationship Officer in 2003, he started his professional career as an Office Assistant at the Development Finance office of the Central Bank of Nigeria in Uyo as a member of Youth Corp.

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Abiola worked for Guaranty Trust Bank, Access Bank, and Stanbic IBTC between 2006 and 2020, progressing to the position of Regional Manager and overseeing 10 bank locations in the states of Ogun and Oyo. He has won many prizes for his exceptional work both professionally and intellectually.

Nigeria’s Sky Capital Takes Over Skye Bank Sierra Leone, Appoints MD, others

Ayoku Liadi is a skilled financial professional with more than 25 years of growing experience. He had previously held the position of Deputy Managing Director of UBA Nigeria, where he was responsible for over 500 bank branches and more than 3.5 trillion naira in deposits. Between 2011 and 2013, he was also the MD/CEO of Guaranty Trust Bank Sierra Leone, where he achieved remarkable results and helped the institution become the most profitable bank in 2013. The bank received the renowned KPMG award for the Best Customer Service Bank in 2012 thanks to Ayoku’s outstanding leadership. Ayoku has a B Sc degree. a Master’s degree in Marketing from the University of Lagos, a B.Sc. in Business Management from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and an ACA from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN).

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Abdul Sheku Kargbon is a former board chairman of UBA Sierra Leone and an executive director of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency. He has extensive expertise developing policies and strategies both domestically and abroad. Kargbo holds degrees in law from Birmingham City University (UK), human rights, globalization, and justice from the University of Keele (UK), and law with honors from the University of Warwick (UK).

Abel Onomake is a seasoned architectural consultant who has worked on key designs and supervision of architectural and engineering projects in Nigeria,

Nigeria’s Sky Capital Takes Over Skye Bank Sierra Leone, Appoints MD, others

Sierra Leone, Liberia and The Gambia. He holds a B.Sc and M.Sc in Architecture from the University of Ife and a Diploma in Valuation and Estate Surveying from the Architecture and Surveying Institute, Wiltshire, United Kingdom. Between 2005 and 2021, he is the Managing Director of Ideas Limited, a West Africa-based consulting firm with offices in Sierra Leone and Nigeria.

The appointment of the four (4) new Board of Directors brings to seven (7) the directors of the bank including the Acting Chairman Mr. Brimah Conteh; Chief Adekunle Oyinloye and Mr. Akinremi Akinwale Oladipo (The Executive Director). The Multitude of resident directors is a part of the Bank’s strategic focus on domesticating the governance, products and services of the Bank to meet the local requirements of the country’s economy.

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While congratulating the new appointees, Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, Chairman, SIFAX Group, said the desire to make sustainable impact in the financial sector across West Africa was responsible for the quality of leaders appointed to manage the financial institutions in Sierra Leone.

Nigeria’s Sky Capital Takes Over Skye Bank Sierra Leone, Appoints MD, others

He said: “SIFAX Group is synonymous with the delivery of best value and excellence. We know that quality workforce and experienced board would drive our vision of becoming the most desired financial services brand across the West Coast. We are pleased with these appointments and convinced they possess the requisite knowledge and experience to deliver on the vision.

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“I have no doubt that these new leaders will catapult Skye Bank, Sierra Leone to the top in the country.  We will provide all the necessary support needed for them to succeed in our quest to become a Pan-African financial institution”.

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