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2020 AGM: Shareholders Laud Tajbank’s Board, Mgt Over Performance

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….As Lender Records 471% Growth In Profit Before Tax

Joel Ajayi

Shareholders Of Tajbank Limited, Nigeria’s Leading Non-Interest Banking Products And Services Provider, Yesterday Commended The Board And Management Of The Bank For Its Impressive Performance In Its First Year Of Operations, Promising Continued Commitment To The Realisation Of The Vision And Mission Of The Innovation-Driven Lender In The Years Ahead.

During The Financial Year, The Bank Reported Outstanding Improvements In Its Gross Earnings, Which Rose From By 6,066% In The Financial Year To N3.456 Billion; 471% Growth In Profit Before Tax (PBT) ; Deposit Growth Rate Of 1,524%, Return On Equity Rose By 361% And An Exponential Growth In Customer Base From 1,809 To 103,853, Among Other Positive Performance Indices.

Speaking During A Post-AGM Interactive Session With Journalists At The Bank’s 2nd Annual General Meeting (AGM) Held In Abuja, One Of The Leading Shareholders Of The Bank, Alhaji Lawal Garba, Said The Shareholders Were “Very Happy With The Board And Management Of The Bank For The Impressive Performance Recorded During The Year, Particularly On The Innovation That They Have Brought Into Non-Interest Banking In Nigeria.

“We Are Also Very Impressed With Their Entrepreneurship Drive Which Has Impacted On The Way The Bank Is Growing And We Are All Very Impressed And Wish The Bank More Successful Years Ahead.

“Also, We Are Want To Encourage The Management To Continue With The Mandate They Have Been Given By Redoubling Their Efforts Towards The Full Realisation, Though The Efforts They Have Put In So Far Have Been Commendable. Overall, We Are Very Impressed With Their Superlative Performance”, Garba Added.

Earlier In His Address At The AGM, The Bank’s Chairman,  Alhaji Tanko Isiaku Gwamna, Noted That The 2020 Financial Year Was A Remarkable Year For The Bank In Terms Of Investment, Market Penetration, Growth, Expansion And Strong Financial And Strategic Performance That Enabled The Bank To Position Itself As One Of Nigerian Growing Banks.

He Linked The Lender’s Superlative Performances To Exceptional Service Delivery, Robust Investments And Deployment Of Critical Technologies And Solutions And Responsive Operational System.

Alhaji Gwamna Restated The Bank’s Commitment To Value-Addition For All Its Shareholders And The Nigerian Financial System, Stressing That Tajbank’s Sustainability Is Guaranteed By The Expansive Value It Is Creating For Its Shareholders, Customers, Employees And All Stakeholders.

He Assured: “Our Commitment To The Creation Of Optimal Shareholders’ Value Remains Solid And Expansive.”

Noting The Increasing Roles Of The Social Media As An Indispensable Tool For Customer Relationship Management, Value Addition And Complaint Resolution, The Seasoned Non-Interest Banker Pointed Out That Tajbank Had Leveraged On Investments In Key Technologies To Improve Its Visibility On Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin, Google+ And Whatsapp.

Alhaji Gwamna Pointed Out That Although Tajbank’s Priority Was To Ensure Optimum Performance And Value Addition Across All Stakeholders, The Bank’s Medium And Long Term Target “Is To Be Among The Recipients Of Key Awards On Product And Service Innovation, Consistently Transparent Corporate Governance Practices And Service Excellence” Through The Utilization Of Its Creative Workforce And Excellent Management Team.

He Also Harped On The Bank’s Relentless Efforts To Upscale Its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Activities In Line With Its Vision Of Funding Programmes And Projects That Promote Financial Inclusion, Economic Prosperity, Equal Access To Opportunities, Sustainable Development And Promote Global Prosperity In Its Host Communities And The Larger Nigerian Society.

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CBN Issues National Licence To TAJBANK

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…as lender revs up financial inclusion drive

By Mariam Sanni and Joel Ajayi

TAJBank Limited, Nigeria’s leading non-interest bank, has secured the approval for nationwide banking operations from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

The license is coming on the heels of several awards bagged by the bank in the past two years of operations in recognition of its outstanding banking services, including three International Standards Organization (ISO) certifications for its commitment to customer safety assurance, service excellence and business operations resilience prioritization.

Speaking on the national licence issued to the bank by the Apex bank during a media chat on Wednesday in Abuja, the bank’s Managing Director/CEO, Mr. Hamid Joda, described it “as another feat achieved by the Bank to leverage on our cutting-edge and impressive products and service delivery scorecards and by so doing, make TAJBank the preferred choice in non-interest banking operations at the grassroots in the country.

“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, especially at the grassroots and throughout the country.

“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) by bringing world class non-interest banking products and services to their doorsteps for growth and prosperity”, Joda assured.

Attributing 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, human resource capacity building and shareholders and customers’ growing confidence, the CEO said the national license would help in growing the bank’s agency network to 25,000 by 2025, thereby reducing the financial exclusion rate.

It would be recalled that TAJBank’s management had last month unveiled plans to launch Nigeria’s first private sector Sukuk offering under a N100 billion programme under a Mudarabah structure, thereby marking a historic shift from government-dominated Sukuk offerings to a fully private sector-oriented offering in the Nigerian debt markets.

Commenting on the national licence issuance to the non-interest lender, the bank’s Executive Director, Mr. Sherif Idi enthused: “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.”

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