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News   Hazviperi Mbizi   February 26, 2020
PIC: Chapola (left) cutting the symbolic ribbon with Chithenga
The Polytechnic, Faculty of Commerce launched the Students Society for Banking and Finance (SSOBAF) for the students studying Bachelor of Banking and Finance program.

The event took place at the Polytechnic ODL auditorium on Friday, February 21,2020.

The aim of the formation of this society is to provide Banking and Finance students with an environment where they could socialize among peers and potential employers in order to expose them in the banking and finance sector.

In his speech before officially launching the society, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NICO Life, Eric Chapola, who was also the guest of honour, encouraged the students to work hard and aim high in their studies and life in general.

“One of my success stories is that, I was left out on the list of students who were selected to study for a degree but I never gave up, I worked hard until I became a CEO of NICO at the age of 36,” he said.

In line with one of the objectives of the society, which is to link Banking and Finance students to their profession and work place, NBS bank representatives, Tamanda Longwe, Faith Lemani and Elisah Mazengera also made their presentations.

Faith Lemani, Manager, Group Schemes (Mortgages & Asset Finance) gave a motivational talk where she encouraged them to humble themselves and start on the low positions, in so doing they gain enough experience, exposure and later, rise in ranks accordingly.

“Sometimes the way the economy is, it may not be easy to acquire your wants and needs at one goal, so you need to save and acquire investments for the future so that you are able to achieve the goals you set in life,” Lemani advised.

After some activities like dances, music, quiz, a poem, and speeches from the SSOBAF president Dailes Sulamoyo and vice president Khumbo Chilimira, Eric Chapola cut the ribbon to symbolize the official launch of the society.

The Society patron and lecturer Augustine Chithenga commended the sponsorship and presence of the people from the industry such as NICO, Reserve Bank and NBS bank.

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