The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has granted a non-interest banking licence to Lotus Bank Limited.
Lotus Bank seeks to pursue the mission of creating value and growth for all through digital innovation and best-in-class customer experience for Nigerians.
Founded & Chaired by Mrs. Hajara Adeola, who is also the Founder and Managing Director of Lotus Capital (the pioneers of non-interest finance in Nigeria), a statement yesterday explained that the bank is starting its operations on a solid foundation of experienced leadership and a strong Advisory Council of Experts (ACE).
Lotus Bank is managed by a team of seasoned professionals and financial experts led by the Managing Director/CEO, Mrs. Kafilat Araoye who has over 25 years commercial banking experience.
According to the Managing Director, Lotus Bank’s focus and guiding principle is, “to deliver an alternative option to interest-based banking and to cater to the needs of not just the banked but also the under-banked and unbanked population.”
She explained that non-Interest banking is geared towards supporting the real sector, adding that Lotus Bank aims to improve financial inclusion in the country.
“In addition, the bank will operate transparent pricing models as is the norm in non-interest banking.
“Our values are deeply rooted in partnership. A critical component of our mission is the provision of innovative solutions that drive ethical prosperity for all stakeholders.
“We pride ourselves on digital solutions that provide our customers with the convenience of unlimited access to our services and products,” she added.
Araoye further stated that, “Our products and service offerings will include non-interest business financing, deposit products (current, savings and investment accounts) and personal financing.
“The bank aims to be a socially responsible organisation that will satisfy its customers across all touch-points.”
With its flagship branch located at Victoria Island, Lagos, the bank will open its doors to customers from July, 2021.Globally, non-interest banking is worth $2.23 trillion and is expected to grow to about $4 trillion by 2024. This type of banking is recommended to all Nigerians who desire to be involved in ethical and non-speculative business.
“Lotus Bank is the first non-interest bank to commence operations from South-west, Nigeria with a focus to serve people of all faith,” the statement added.