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TAJBank Charts Roadmap For future Growth At 3rd AGM



…Eyes National Bank Licence
Joel Ajayi
Smarting from the impressive financial and other operational performance indices recorded since it debuted as a non-interest bank in Nigeria two years ago, the Board and Management of TAJBank Limited on Wednesday highlighted indices to ensure its continuous and sustainable growth in the years ahead.

The Managing Director/CEO of the bank, Mr. Hamid Joda, in his report at the bank’s 2022 Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in Abuja, attributed the performances of the non-interest lender 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.

Specifically, the seasoned banker listed the key objectives considered crucial to transforming TAJBank into an industry leader in the years ahead as including, securing a license to make TAJBank a national bank by the second quarter of 2022; and promoting financial inclusion by leveraging various channels and touch points, especially through the bank’s electronic platforms.

In addition, Joda told the shareholders that one of their objectives was to make TAJBank to “be recognized as the market leader in the non-interest industry in Nigeria” and that another major strategy is to “expand its branch network across state capitals/major commercial centers in Nigeria to offer non-interest banking product and services to the understand markets.”

He also spoke on plans to grow the bank’s agency network to 100,000 agents by 2025 thereby reducing the financial exclusion rate; and to transform TAJBank into a leading digital bank in the country before the end of this year.

He expantiated: “Our success in 2021 demonstrates that we not only kept our commitment to our stakeholders, but we are growing in a sustainable manner so that we can continue to enhance value to society while also generating the revenue our shareholders will appreciate.
“We are constantly improving our operations so that we can respond to our clients’ ever-changing needs in their daily lives more efficiently and effectively. We are also pushing ourselves further beyond our comfort zones to provide a viable financial platform for all our stakeholders”, Joda added.

Earlier in his statement, the bank’s Chairman, Alhaji Tanko Gwamma, reported that TAJBank attracted and retained more customers, and recorded exponential growth in its risk asset base, while it is committed to achieving the required regulatory metrics, as well as pursuing strong growth in its balance sheet items, amongst other positive indices.

He enthused: “I am delighted to inform you that the future of the Bank is outstandingly bright and beautiful. We are confident to state that our exceptional service delivery, robust technological deployment, and responsive operational system yielded the excellent performance we have recorded so far.”

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CBN Issues National Licence To TAJBANK



…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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