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Adebisi Shonubi has been appointed the new Acting CBN Governor, brings a strong educational background and extensive experience in the banking sector

Shonubi was considered for the role by President Tinubu among four deputy governors that include Aishah Ahmed, Edward Adamu, and Kingsley Obiora

By law, one of the deputies must complete Emefiele’s tenure, which was expected to expire on May 2024

Folashodun Adebisi Shonubi has assumed the role of Acting Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) following the suspension of Godwin Emefiele.

His appointment was confirmed on Friday, June 9, 2023, less than a week after President Bola Tinubu met with Godwin Emefiele in Aso Rock.

In a swift transition, the suspended Emefiele was instructed by the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) to hand over the reins to Shonubi with immediate effect.

Shonubi is now positioned to play a pivotal role in steering the nation’s monetary policy in the new administration.

The Journey of Shonubi to CBN Governor role

Before his appointment as acting head of CBN, Shonubi occupied the position of Deputy Governor in the Operations Directorate.

He assumed the position in June 2018 after the approval of former president Muhammadu Buhari.

He brings his wealth of experience and expertise to the role, having held positions such as the Managing Director and CEO of the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System PLC, where he played a key role in developing the Bank Verification Number (BVN).

Educational Background and Professional Career

Shonubi is an accomplished professional, holding double Master’s degrees in Business Administration and Mechanical Engineering from the prestigious University of Lagos.

His educational background reflects a multidisciplinary approach to problem-solving, which has undoubtedly contributed to his success in the banking sector for over 30 years.

Aside from working in the public service, Shonubi’s previous positions include Executive Director of Information Technology and Operations at Union Bank of Nigeria Plc, where he also served on the Board of Union Homes.

He has also held roles as Director of Information Technology and Corporate Services at Renaissance Securities Nigeria Limited, overseeing the group’s IT infrastructure in Africa.

During his career, Shonubi has served in various managerial capacities, including Deputy General Manager at MBC International, Vice President at First City Monument Bank Limited, Executive Director at Ecobank Nigeria Limited, and Head of Treasury Operations at Citibank Nigeria Limited.

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