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Jaiz Bank’s capital base hits N15bn

Jaiz Bank CEO Hassan Usman said that #Nigeria would become one of the countries to successfully offer Sovereign Sukuk in local currency. The Federal Government floated around N100bn and according to him, the offer was to last for five days. Hassan said these on the sidelines of Jaiz Bank’s Customers Forum in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital and also revealed that the institution’s capital base had reached N15bn. He said that Islamic finance worldwide was novel, being in existence for about 40 years compared to conventional banking, which had lasted for over 300 years.

London, SEC to strengthen Islamic finance in Nigeria

The Securities and Exchange Commission and the City of London on Tuesday pledged to work together to deepen Islamic finance in Nigeria in order to bring financial inclusion to Nigerian Muslims and non-Muslims averse to traditional financial system and products. The Lord Mayor of London, Mr. Alderman Yarrow said London with six Islamic banks and another 20 lenders currently offering Islamic financial products and services had the capacity to help Nigeria to deepen its Islamic financial system. Meanwhile, the commission is considering modalities for setting up a Sharia advisory council as a body of experts to advise it on non-interest product applications.

Jaiz Bank assures shareholders of improved returns

Muhammad Islam, the managing director of Jaiz Bank Plc, has assured the bank's shareholders that it will declare dividend from the 2017 financial year. He said Jaiz, which started operations in 2012, was able to break even within three years because of its adherence to regulatory requirements. He explained the bank has three major categories of operations. The number one category is trade mode – that is buying and selling. Jaiz buys goods at the request of a customer and sells it to the customer adding our own profit margin. The profit margin is the bank's returns. On the outlook for the Bank, Islam said the bank wants to implement the vision of the directors of the bank not only to go national but internationally. That means in the entire West African region and beyond.

Jaiz Bank grows investment portfolios by N7.5b

Jaiz Bank has increased its investment portfolios by N7.5bn within the last two years. The investments represent an increase of 380 per cent from the N1.9bn in January 2012 to the current N9.4bn. In terms of profitability, the bank grew its total earnings by more than 750 per cent during the year. Jaiz has expanded its operation from just 3 branches to 13 branches since 2012. It plans to operate in every state capital of Nigeria before the fifth year of operation. In December, 2013, the bank submitted its application for a National Banking License to the Central Bank of Nigeria. Hopes are that this will come through before the end of the second quarter.

Power: FG seeks $450m from Islamic Development Bank

The Federal Government of Nigeria has sought the support of the Islamic Development Bank for the provision of about $450m to expand the power transmission system to wheel up to 20,000 megawatts of electricity. According to Vice-President Namadi Sambo, more funds need to be injected in the transmission component. Sambo also called on the bank to consider the construction of a road linking Lagos to Abidjan, the capital of Côte d’Ivoire. Moreover, he requested the IDB to extend its support to the Nigerian private sector in the areas of education, aviation and agriculture. IDB has already approved the construction of four new science secondary schools in Kaduna State worth $17,9m; construction of a 300-bed specialist hospital in Kaduna State at $43.15m; and the Zaria water supply project worth $81.0m. Furthermore, the$32.40m Jigawa State rural development project and the bilingual education programme for Borno, Gombe and Niger states worth $30.53m are under consideration.

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