The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has reiterated the commitment of the FCT Administration to the creation of an enabling environment for businesses to succeed in the nation’s capital.
The Minister who stated this in Abuja on Monday, July 18, 2022, at the tape cutting ceremony of the Abuja business office of Premium Trust Bank, welcomed the establishment of the branch in the FCT and charged it to provide excellent and innovative services to residents of the FCT and its environs.
He said: “On behalf of the Administration and residents of the Federal Capital Territory therefore, I welcome PremiumTrust Bank to Abuja and wish its management and staff all the best. We are confident that you will provide excellent and innovative services to the satisfaction of residents of the FCT and its environs.
“It is quite impressive to know that this is the sixth branch the bank has opened since it commenced commercial activities in April this year. This is a strong indication that PremiumTrust bank is, indeed, ready for business and determined to extend its services across the country”.
Malam Bello, who was represented at the occasion by the Secretary, Economic Planning, Revenue Generation and PPP, Hon. Lukman Agboola Dabiri, said the choice of PremiumTrust Bank to establish a branch in Abuja was a sign of Abuja’s growing visibility as a commercial hub in the country and the African continent at large.
“Your choice of Abuja to establish a branch is a welcome development and a testament that Abuja is fast becoming a commercial hub, recognized not only in the country but in the African continent”, he stated.
Malam Bello therefore charged the management and staff of the bank to make banking experience convenient and pleasurable in the FCT, even as he urged them to provide excellent and innovative services to the satisfaction of residents of the FCT.
The Minister also called on the bank to take advantage of the huge and increasing population of the FCT to expand banking services, particularly to the Six Area Councils, as doing so, he said, would not only improve service delivery in the FCT but also create the much-needed employment opportunity for the teeming populace.
He however advised the bank to carry out its operations in accordance with the law, assuring that the FCT Administration will continue to provide the necessary support for businesses to succeed in the FCT to the satisfaction of residents.
Earlier in his welcome remarks, the MD/CEO, PremiumTrust Bank, Mr. Emmanuel Efe Emefienim disclosed that the Bank obtained its operating license in December 2021, adding that the Abuja branch was the sixth so far established across the country within 90 days of operation.
Mr. Emefienim assured that the Bank was determined to bring banking business closer to its customers to ensure that they get the best of service.
While describing the Premiumtrust Bank as unique, the MD said it is very much on board with the CBN’s financial inclusion policy, adding that it is partnering with the apex bank to ensure that the needed platform for growth in businesses and the economy is further enhanced.
“We are here in Abuja to extend the banking service that we are known for to the people within this environment and I can assure you that you will not be disappointed,” he said, adding that the bank will ensure that the needs of its customers are met in record time.
Highlights of the event include the cutting of the tape to signify the commencement of banking activities as well a tour of the establishment by dignitaries present.