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Emir Endorses The Alternative Bank in Kano

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Photo caption:L-R: Executive Director with The Alternative Bank, Garba Mohammed and Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Bayero during the inauguration of a branch of The Alternative Bank in Kano recently.

The arrival of Nigeria’s largest ethical bank, The Alternative Bank, has been endorsed by the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, as the bank opens its first stand-alone branch in the ancient city. The Emir made the remarks during the launch of the bank, describing it as a transformative force that will significantly impact individuals and businesses in the state.
Speaking during the inauguration of The Alternative Bank’s newest branch, the Emir declared that the bank’s presence in Kano marks the dawn of a revolutionary era in banking, marking a transformative shift in the financial landscape of the state.
He continued by noting the crucial role that financial institutions play in shaping contemporary society and reiterating The Alternative Bank’s commitment to ethics, openness, and substantial and long-term economic growth.
He stressed that the bank is a testament to an obligation beyond profit margins.
Similarly, the Emir noted that The Alternative Bank stands firm in its commitment to principles that transcend mere profit motives, urging the community to support the bank in its dedication to ethical banking practices.
Also speaking at the branch launch, The Alternative Bank’s Executive Director, Garba Mohammed, described the bank as ethical. Mohammed said,” We are proud to be part of this remarkable event to flag off the commencement of this bank, which will no doubt be of great service to our people.”
Mohammed further expressed that the bank’s investment decisions adhere to the highest ethical standards and that it is unique in sharing profits with customers, highlighting a shared prosperity approach.
The Executive Director said, “The Alternative Bank aspires to be a force for positive change, channelling resources into projects that uplift communities, empower individuals, and contribute to the greater good. Our dedication to responsible and sustainable banking ensures a focus on long-term prosperity while minimising adverse effects on the environment and society.”
He further explained, “Experts opine that this system of banking is the best alternative to conventional banking, considering the challenges faced by other banks, which are absent in ethical banking.”
Moreover, he pointed out that the bank’s appeal extends to everyone regardless of faith due to factors that simplify business operations. Mohammed called on the community to embrace the bank, adhering to Islamic teachings regarding the banking system.
Established in 2014 as Sterling Bank Alternative Finance, The Alternative Bank has since obtained a licence from the Central Bank of Nigeria to operate as a non-interest banking institution. Over the years, it has evolved to become a leading player in Nigeria’s non-interest banking sector
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Kwara Govt Holds Inter-Ministerial Press Briefing on Monday

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As part of efforts to keep Kwarans and the world informed about the activities of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq’s administration during his first year in his second term in office, the Kwara State Government has announced an Inter-Ministerial Press Briefing.

This was contained in a statement released earlier today by the State Commissioner for Communications, Hon. Bolanle Olukoju.

According to the statement, the briefing will feature all Commissioners in the State providing updates on their ministries over the past year.

“The Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq’s administration has achieved a great deal in the first year of his second term, and while these accomplishments have been discussed in various forums, this briefing will have all commissioners speaking to the press simultaneously,” the statement reads.

The statement further disclosed that the briefing will take place at the Ministry of Communications Conference Room at 10 am on Monday, 20th May 2024, and will be streamed live on the Ministry’s Facebook page.

“We encourage all kwarans to tune in to the live stream and participate in this informative session. The administration remains committed to transparency, accountability, and continuous engagement with the people of Kwara State,” the statement added.

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2024 Hajj: Stakeholders Salute Gov AbdulRazaq, Oloriegbe’s Leadership As Kwara Sets For Inaugural Flight

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Stakeholders involved in the 2024 Hajj operation in Kwara State have commended Senator Ibrahim Yahaya Oloriegbe for his exceptional leadership and competence in handling tasks since his appointment as the Kwara Contingent Leader (Amirul-Hajj).

The commendations were made today during the 2nd Hajj Operation Stakeholders Meeting organised by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) at the General Tunde Idiagbon International Airport, Ilorin, where stakeholders discussed issues related to the smooth operation of the upcoming Hajj exercise.

The meeting was attended by the NAHCON Zonal Chairman, Alh. Afolabi Fijabi; the Airport Manager, Mrs. Yemisi Adebiyi; members of the Kwara State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, led by its Chairman, Prof. Mashood Mahmud Jimba; representatives from various security agencies, among others.

While giving briefings on their readiness for the first flight on the 20th of May, 2024, when the first batch of the contingents would be airlifted to Saudi Arabia, they highlighted the significant interventions of Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq through Oloriegbe to ensure a hitch-free exercise for Kwara Contingents.

Oloriegbe in his remarks, also acknowledged the support of Governor Abdulrazaq to ease the task and appealed for further cooperation, understanding, and unity among all stakeholders to ensure a successful operation. He also took a tour of the facilities at the airport and the State Hajj Camp to assess their conditions ahead of the usage and, visited the Pilgrims Welfare Board Office at Gerewu Area of Ilorin to oversee the ongoing pilgrims’ vaccination program and other activities.

The erstwhile lawmaker, however, urged prospective pilgrims to remain cooperative and coordinated in their engagements with the Board’s staff to avoid any issues that could delay the smoothness of the exercises.

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Lagos Assembly Plans Geographic Information Law

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  • bill will create comprehensive database of Lagos state
  • will curb issues involved in land ownership

A new bill that seeks to harmonise all geographic information service projects of Lagos is under consideration at the State House of Assembly.

The Lagos Geographic Information Service bill, which had stakeholders making contributions on Friday, is also aimed at establishing a computerised central database for all information relating to geospatial matters and related issues.

Section 4(2) of the bill says the agency’s responsibilities include introducing, implementing and sustaining best practices for all Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in the state as well as “develop and maintain an online platform that will contain all information and statistics on geospatial-related matters.”

Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, said the bill, when passed, would help in improving governance and boosting professionalism.

“It is targeted at integrating governance with advancements in technology. This is something we hope to always take advantage of so that our state can continue to be ahead in the area of development,” Dr. Obasa, represented by Hon. Stephen Ogundipe, a member of the House, said adding that the Assembly will always make the residents of the state its focal point.

Chairman of the House Committee on Physical Planning and Urban Development, Hon. Ogunkelu Sylvester, said the bill “shows a commitment and sincere
sense of duty on the part of the legislators of the state to put people’s interest at heart.

“Today’s public hearing means a lot to the improvement of
information technology and computerised central database in Lagos State.”

Ogunkelu, who represents Epe Constituency 2 at the House, described it as a bill that will cover the database of Lagos just as he commended the Speaker for his passion for the progress of the State.

“The bill will guide the government to have a database of everything concerning Lagos and in this case, you could be in your house and apply for a certificate of ownership on your property and have it without even visiting the Ministry.

“It will also cut sharp practices and curb fraudulent sales of land. For land, the database will have details of owners including their photographs,” he said.

Rasheed Makinde, a former lawmaker, commended the House for its proactiveness while some of the stakeholders suggested the involvement of professional bodies in the proposed law.

Eromosele Ebhomele
Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly.

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