The chief executive of Nigeria’s Bank of Industry(BOI), Mr. Olukayode Pitan has been honoured with the Special African Banking Leadership Commendation Award during the just-concluded 9th edition of the International Forum on African-Caribbean Leadership (IFAL), which was held on the margins of the 78th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) at the New York Hilton Midtown, USA.
Held on September 21, 2023, with the theme: African-Caribbean Cooperation and Today’s Geopolitics, the award is in recognition of Mr. Pitan’s contributions to the leadership achievements and contributions to the growth of Nigeria’s industrial sector.
As the managing director and chief executive officer of the Bank of Industry, Pitan draws from significant experience gained across various financial services sectors, including banking and capital markets, during his over 30-year career in carrying out the mandate of the bank.
Under his leadership, the Bank of Industry has significantly transformed Nigeria’s industrial sector by providing affordable long-term financing and counter-cyclical loans diversified across various sectors of the Nigerian economy.
In the last 5 years, he has pioneered several innovative transactions in the Nigerian capital market and the international financial market towards Nigeria’s economic development.
To date, he has led the bank to successfully raise about $5 billion from the international market through syndications and the bond market over the last four years and the bank, under his leadership, has also consistently promoted financial inclusion by supporting the expansion of over 3 million enterprises, which created over 7 million jobs for the Nigerian people.
At the International Forum on African-Caribbean Leadership (IFAL) in New York, Mr. Pitan was honoured alongside the president of Guyana, H.E. Dr. Mohamed Irfaan Ali; the Vice President of The Gambia, H.E. Muhammad B. S. Jallow; and minister for Sea, Culture, and Tourism, Cabo Verde, Hon. Jose Gonçalves.
The International Forum on African-Caribbean Leadership (IFAL) is an annual flagship event of the African Leadership Magazine that is held annually on the side of the United Nations General Assembly.
Over the past 8 years, the event has become a platform that connects world leaders, especially from Africa and the Caribbean nations, policymakers, and private sector leaders, with a focus on the challenges and progress of the African people, strengthening trans-regional cooperation between Africa and the Caribbean nations, building strategic partnerships and bilateral cooperation, as well as increasing engagements in trade and investments, innovation and technology transfer, culture and tourism, and other sectors.