TAJBank Limited, a bank in Nigeria operating under Islamic banking principles and a non-interest bank, has been given licence to operate nationwide banking from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
The bank’s Managing Director, , Mr Hamid Joda, made this known in a statement recently.
Joda said that the license was coming after several awards bagged by the bank in its past two years of operations in recognition of its outstanding banking services.
According to Joda, it is another feat achieved by the bank to leverage on our cutting-edge and impressive products and service delivery scorecards.
“We want to thank the regulatory authorities for issuing a national license as well as the growing number of our customers who are yearning to see us give them the best in non-interest banking services.
“I want to assure them that with the latest approval by the authorities, we will deploy all human and technological resources to their doorsteps and give real meaning to the National Financial Inclusion Strategy (NFIS).
“We will be bringing world class non-interest banking products and services to their doorsteps for growth and prosperity,” he said.
Joda attributed TAJBank’s impressive performances over the past two years to innovativeness in key areas of customer-centric service delivery powered by world-class technologies and solutions.
He said the national license would help in growing the bank’s agency network to 25,000 by 2025, thereby reducing the financial exclusion rate.
The bank’s Executive Director, Mr Sherif Idi, expressed excitement at the license for national operation.
Idi said, “we are very excited to achieve this feat, especially when the potential benefits to our customers and the nation’s economy cannot be quantified in socio-economic terms.
” For us, it is a call for more services to millions of Nigerians, who are desirous of having access to credit without pains. Let me say it loud, we shall not disappoint them on this expectation.”
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that TAJBank’s management had last month unveiled plans to launch Nigeria’s first private sector Sukuk valued at N100 billion under a Mudarabah structure.
It marked a historic shift from government-dominated Sukuk offerings to a fully private sector-oriented offering in the Nigerian debt markets.