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TAJBank revs up nationwide operations drive, opens Apapa branch



Tolu Francis

TAJBank Limited, Nigeria’s fast-growing non-interest banking services provider, on Thursday opened a new branch in Apapa, Lagos in furtherance of its current drive to provide seamless financial transactions and advisory services for its growing customer-base.

It would be recalled that the bank secured its national banking license from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) about six months ago and the opening of the Apapa branch is part of the board and management’s initiatives to open new branches within the next few months across the geo-political zones in the country.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, TAJBank’s Founder/Managing Director, Mr. Hamid Joda, said Apapa was targeted for the commencement of the bank’s branch network expansion in the South West region because of the strategic position in the nation’s business operations and the need to offer customers real-time, technology-powered world class services.

He said: “We are very excited to begin the deepening of our non-interest and customer-focused products and services in Apapa, Lagos as we commence the expansion of our services across the geo-political zones of the country.

“This is a mega branch based on the investments in technologies and solutions and the quality of human resource we are putting in place here and we intend to put in other branches we are opening very soon because we intend to offer what other banks are not offering in terms of value-addition to our customers.

“With this move, we want to assure Nigerians and other residents and businesses in our country that TAJBank’s only interest is our customers and in line with our business philosophy, we shall continue to offer them products and services that surpass their expectations in the years ahead.”

In his remarks, the bank’s Executive Director, Mr. Sherif Idi, recalled that the sterling performance of the non-interest lender was recognized both in Nigeria and internationally given “the awards from Business Day and Leadership newspapers and other global rating agencies to TAJBank in recognition of our world-class operational standards and service quality.”

In his remarks during the new branch opening event, the Managing Director/CEO of IAL Nigeria Limited who shares in the vision and business philosophy of TAJBank, Alhaji Ismail Adetola Lawal, commended the Board and management of the Non-interest Bank for opening the Apapa branch for the benefit of business owners and the Nigerian economy.

He said “My prayer for TAJBank limited is that the Almighty God will continue to build the Bank and make it the preferred choice for millions of Nigerians that are looking for interest free banking products and services. I want to assure them that TAJBank will not disappoint them but surpass their expectations.”

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TAJBank opens another branch in Kano, assures customers world-class service



Joel Ajayi

Nigeria’s fastest growing non-interest banking products and services provider, TAJBank Limited, has opened a new branch in Kano in furtherance of the management’s sustained drive to deepen the brand’s penetration across the geo-political zones of the country.

The opening of the flagship Zoo Road, Kano branch came barely a week after the opening of the bank’s Apapa-Lagos branch and two days after the listing of its N10 billion Sukuk bond issuance on the Nigerian Exchange, making TAJBank the first corporate to list Sukuk bond on the bourse in Nigeria.

Speaking during the Kano branch opening event, the bank’s Managing Director/CEO, Mr. Hamid Joda, told hundreds of businessmen, artisans and individuals who expressed their interest to be among the first customers of the bank, that the management decided to further consolidate on the bank’s operations in the state “to support all Nigerians who desire to have banking services delivered to them at no interest and offer them opportunities to grow their enterprises and meet the needs of their families.

“As you may be aware, we just opened our Apapa-Lagos branch a few days ago. Coming to Kano to open this new branch, along with the existing ones here, is a demonstration of TAJBank board and management’s commitment to offer what no other bank is offering now to customers. I want to assure you that, as our operations mantra says, ‘our only interest is you’, our highly valued customers”, he added.

Joda said that with the licensing of TAJBank by the CBN to operate nationwide, more of TAJBank’s branches would be opened before the end of the first quarter of the year across the six geo-political zones to deepen the nation’s financial inclusion and by implication, lift millions of Nigerians out of poverty level through customized products and services delivery by the bank to its growing customers.

Commenting on the strength of the bank in terms of its customer-friendly services, strong information and Communications Technology (ICT) assets and highly skilled and courteous staff while opening the branch, Alhaji Ali Balarabe, said the experiences of customers at TAJBank’s branches everywhere attested to the fact that the bank was out to really serve its customers in ways no other bank is doing now.

Balarabe, who is Dangote Industries’ biggest distributor in Nigeria, enthused:
“I have been part of TAJBank’s sweet stories over the past three years and given the international and local awards by this bank so far, I can boldly say that TAJBank is the bank setting the pace in innovative products packaging and services delivery to customers.

“I encourage all Kano big business owners, MSME entrepreneurs, artisans, traders and individuals to do business with TAJBank and they will never regret doing so”, he added.

In his brief closing remarks, the Executive Director/ECO of the bank, Mr. Sherif Idi, told the hundreds of people queuing to open accounts in the branch that “identifying with TAJBank brand is the surest guarantee to a fulfilling future for all our customers in the country. Do it today, you won’t regret

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