Alhaji Nu’uman Barau Danbatta has been appointed new chairman of the board of directors of Unity Bank Plc.
The bank has also appointed eight non-executive directors. The new directors joining the board in non-executive capacity are Alhaji Aminu Ibrahim Babangida, Mr. Thomas Etuh, Alhaji Ibrahim Abegu Kaugama, Engr. Olaseun Mabogunje, Dr. Oluwafunsho Olusegun Obasanjo and Mr. Hakeem Shagaya, while the other two independent directors are Alhaji Gimba Ibrahim and Mr. Gboyega Asabia.
According to a statement issued by the bank yesterday in Abuja and made available to Leadership, the appointments have been approved by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
Danbatta, a seasoned public servant and retired federal permanent secretary, replaces Professor Akin Mabogunje, who retired from the board along with some directors in December, last year, having served since the inception of the bank in 2006.
The new board chairman was at different times permanent secretary in nine federal ministries such as Power and Steel, Transportation, Education and Works, as well as served in the public service office among other postings before retiring last year.
He acquired 30 years’ experience in various walks of life including directorship of a number of organisations and chairmanship of various technical committees.
The bank had in March this year announced the appointment of five executive directors with Alhaji Ado Yakubu Wanka as managing director-designate.
The executive directors as announced were Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed, information technology and operations; Ahmed Yusuf, risk management and control; Ismaila Galadanchi, central; and Lanre Fagbohun as executive director, Lagos and South-West.
The outgoing group managing director, Falalu Bello, had at the time of the announcement expressed satisfaction with the smooth transition and confirmed that it was the design of the bank to prepare for its future growth and expansion.