*non-interest financial institution set to open branch in Gombe
By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has said that Gombe state is ready to take advantage of innovative products and services offered by the newly established Taj Bank for the benefit of the people of the especially in the area of agriculture as well as small and medium scale businesses.
According to a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity), Ismaila Uba Misilli, the Governor stated this when he visted the corporate headquarters of the bank in Abuja.
Taj Bank, is a non-interest financial institution recently licensed by the central bank of Nigeria.
During the visit, Governor Yahaya was briefed by the Chairman of the bank, Alhaji Tanko Ishiyaku Gwamna and the Managing Director, Mr. Norfadelizan Abdulrahman on the activities, operations and products of the bank.
The Governor noted that the products and services of the bank are favourable to small holder business men and women , especially those in the rural communities who may not have the capacity to access loan facilities from coventional banks.
He said Gombe state will leverage on several packages introduced by the bank to boost financial inclusion and empower the people economically.
Governor Yahaya noted that there are a lot of opportunities to unlock through the bank, especially with various Central Bank of Nigeria’s agricultural facilities and intervention funds which will benefit the people of the state.
The Governor said inspite of misconceptions concerning non-interest banking, statistics have shown that people of all faiths access its services.
“Am sure all of you know very well that Gombe is the centre of commerce in the North East, because we share boundaries with all the states of the region; so our centrality makes it convinient for all the neighbouring states to have commercial relationships and activities with Gombe. This will definitely help alot in making you reach out to large chunk of the people”.
Governor Inuwa Yahaya expressed optimism that with the current covid-19 pandemic, CBN has a wide window to accommodate all the products of the bank especially as it affects anchor borrower and financial support to small and medium scale enterprises.
He congratulated the bank for its achievements so far and assured the financial institution of the support of the government and people of Gombe State.
Earlier, the Chairman of the bank , Alhaji Tanko Ishiaku Gwamna said Taj Bank was established about a year ago after obtaining its license from the central bank of Nigeria to explore the non- interest financial sector which he said comes with alot of opportunities.
He said due to its ease of doing business, developed countries are now taking advantage of non-interest financial instrument to expand the frontiers of their businesses.
While thanking Governor Inuwa Yahaya for being the first state chief executive to visit, Alhaji Gwamna assured the government and people of Gombe State that the Bank will partner with the state to boost its financial inclusion and the economy in general.
“Very soon we are going to open our branch in Gombe, which will serve as a regional hub because of its strategic location and business opportunities as well as the disposition of Your Excellency and the foundation you laid for business to thrive”.
The Managing Director of the bank, Mr. Norfadelizan in his remarks said Gombe state will soon feel the presence of the non-interest financial institution through its services and technology which will eventually ink the state to other parts of the world and help unlock a lot of opportunities, including leveraging on the Nigeria- Malaysia business relationship.
The Executive Director of the bank, Ahmed A. Joda said the presence of the new financial institution in Gombe will help expand the economic frontiers of the state, especially in the area of agriculture.
He said, ” We are looking at the CBN intervention funds, including the anchor borrower, commercial agricultural credit scheme and so many other agric related funds which we want to unlock for the people of Gombe state and which we believe the agric entrepreneurs in the state will benefit immensely from”.