Sir: As a close watcher of recent trends in the Nigerian banking sector, I observed that a lot have been said about having a global bank emerge from
UBA’s current assets base stands at about N1.64trillion and Zenith’s stands at about N1.1trillion as seen on their website. The merger would hopefully bring about combined assets base of almost N3trillion and would first of all confer the new bank, “UBA Zenith Bank Plc,” the position of one of Africa’s largest banks and secondly witness the renaissance of a global brand from
The new bank would be better equipped to comfortably undertake massive development projects across the African continent; handle huge financial transactions on behalf of Africans in Diaspora, partner with World Bank, ADB, other global banks and Clubs of Creditors alike; be more accomplished to manage foreign reserves of several African countries, and centrally “drive the wheel” of development across Africa. This is because only a global African bank can better serve the interest and development of
The likelihood for this merger is not far-fetched. There have been insinuations about when Mr. Jim Ovia, GMD of Zenith Bank would retire from his position at the bank; I reckon that he would not retire soon. In furtherance, when the merger is consummated Mr. Ovia would carry on as Group Chairman of the new UBA Zenith Plc, while Mr. Tony Elumelu would continue steering the ship as Group MD.
I foresee a huge boost in the market price of the new bank’s stocks, which would by then be the toast of the market and hot-cake for investors. Also, the multiplier effect of such a merger would be astonishing. It may take a while for this to happen, but let’s Siddon-Look and patiently await the glorious wedding day.
Ugwushi Bellema Ihua