Keystone Bank Sierra Leone Limited, during the inaugural Sierra Leone Council of Chief Executives Awards ceremony, which took place at the Bintumani Conference Hall on Friday 21st October won the award for Best Bank for 2016 and its Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Ime Okon won Best Foreign CEO of the year.

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Receiving both awards from the organisers, CEO Okon said, “Everything you do you must glorify God because it is only Him that can make you successful and we want to thank God because He has been faithful to us and we are here to return the glory to him.”

Okon said Keystone Bank was the last to come to Sierra Leone but the strides they have made has catapulted them to the top. This rise to the top saw us win such a meritorious award from a high profile organization like the Sierra Leone Council of Chief Executives.

“Our products have given us strength and it cuts across from school children to the market women to the institutions and businesses. We are not finished yet as we will be launching more products in the market very soon as we hope to broaden our horizon and make Keystone Bank an envy in Sierra Leone.”

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The bank CEO averred that it is because of hard work that has made them so popular in the country and commended his staff for their excellent work and the good relationship they have developed over the years with customers.

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“To you our customers, many of you are in this programme, we want to thank you for all you have done for us, without you Keystone Bank and other banks would not exist. You have been the rock of our survival and we recognize you all and hope that you will continue to bank with us as well as bringing your partners and friends to join us and enjoy the excellent service we have.”

Ime Okon said he is very grateful to the Board of the bank under the Chairmanship of Samir Hassaniyeh, who is said had been very instrumental in the growth of the bank in the past two years.

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“We are proud of you, sir, and we hope all what you and the board have been doing, has yielded so much dividend, as we are being recognized as the Best Bank of 2016.”

He commended the staff for their great work and admonished them not to relent because they will want to win more accolades, nationally and internationally, in the coming years.

“When we were informed that we have been nominated as the Best Bank of 2016 and I was the Best Foreign CEO, I informed our Supervisor in Nigeria and they sent a to Sierra Leone to support us in this occasion. I want to say thank you to them for coming as they are in this hall right now. We appreciate your support and happy that you have come all the way from Nigeria to support us.”

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As a bank we were faced with many challenges during the ebola outbreak but with God we were able to meet and satisfy our customers’ demands and improve on our financial services”.

This year’s financial statement is successful compared to the last noting that their financial figure for 2016 is higher and their financial statement this year was good.

He further explained that Keystone Bank SL is an offshoot of a global bank, ‘Keystone Bank Nigeria’ with 316 branches and currently operating in four African countries, namely, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Gambia and Uganda.