The United Bank for Africa (UBA) has launched its maiden edition of Campus Ambassador Programme (CAP).

The deputy managing director of the bank, Mr. Victor Osadolor said at the launch of the initiative held at UBA House in Lagos said CAP is meant to “identify young emerging leaders among students of tertiary institutions and give them a unique and highly rewarding learning experience.”

The deputy managing director also said the goal “is to give students a platform to demonstrate leadership as well as build and instill the brand ethos into the consciousness of the youths.”

Osadolor who also inducted the first 15 brand ambassadors said the students were selected from among 200 students across tertiary institutions in Nigeria through a rigorous screening exercise in line with set criteria.

“Two hundred of you went through the process and 15 of you came out tops, which prove that you are leadings lights, energetic and enterprising with great potentials…The values you bring on board will help us support this process and we do hope as you learn and internalize what we stand for, you will all be good ambassadors and represent us well as admirable leaders others can look up to, propagating our message even beyond the 12-month period of your assignment as UBA ambassadors.

“UBA is pleased to have you all on board as valuable Ambassadors who will help us propagate our goodwill messages, ethos, values and what we stand for as a bank, across your institutions,” he said.

He said UBA “is a bank with strong affiliation to youths, evident in the bank’s scholarship and grants schemes through the UBA Foundation National Essay Competition amongst other educational initiatives.”

Also speaking, the bank’s head, student banking, Mr. Tomiwa Sotiloye, said UBA, being a top financial institution with presence across Africa, “is one the ambassadors should be proud of, especially in the discharge of their duties of spreading the institution’s ethos.”

He charged the ambassadors to be good leaders and “positive influencers who should stand out by ensuring the bank’s reputation soars high in their respective campuses.”

The 15 ambassadors, who are A-list students in their various institutions, include Orji Somtochukwu Philippa a 300 Level Medical student of Abia State University, Uturu; Ahmad Mustapha, a 400 Level, Quantity Surveying student at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and Odunewu Oluwasegun, a 300-Level undergraduate of the Department of Radiography, University of Lagos.

Others are Jennifer Nev, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; Tagbo Ijeoma, Federal University Of Technology, Owerri, Imo State; Onyedikachukwu Edeh, Babcock University; Fadaini Asalewa, Obafemi Awolowo University; Barakat Tiamiyu, Obafemi Awolowo University; Queen Jaja, Rivers State University Of Science and Technology; Ihechi Opara, University of Ibadan; Chisom Anastasia Nwaezuoke, University of Ibadan; Ukododeta Nyerhovwo Maxwell, University of Abuja; Vivian Nneka Nwajiaku, University of Lagos; Chukwuemeka Orukwowu and Kachikwu Stephen, University of Port Harcourt.

During their one year renewable tenure based on active participation, the ambassadors are expected to develop different initiatives that will be sponsored by the bank and execute various objectives of the bank over the period.

They will also serve as a bridge between the bank, the students and the school authorities.

After their graduation, the ambassadors will form a preferred pool for recruitment consideration.