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Sterling Bank Selects Path Solutions’ iMAL Non-Interest Core Banking System

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Sterling Bank, a full service commercial banking establishment in Nigeria, has selected Path Solutions’ iMAL to support the launch of its new Islamic (non-interest banking) window.

Path Solutions’ modular Islamic core banking system – iMAL will enable the bank to quickly introduce a diversified range of Islamic banking products and services and prepare its business for future growth. Sterling Bank has installed the system in its head office in Lagos and will install it gradually at some 170 branches across Nigeria to support a large number of customer accounts.

Dr. Basheer Oshodi, group head – Non-Interest Banking, Sterling Bank says: “We have always strived to invest in state-of-the-art technology to provide our customers with cutting edge banking products and services. Our decision to adopt a new core banking system for our new non-interest banking window is a significant step in this direction, as we firmly believe that a world-class technological infrastructure that could meet local regulatory and Sharia compliance requirements is integral to building customer confidence”.

Sterling Bank required a flexible and scalable system that could be integrated with ICS BANKS conventional banking solution and that could cover comprehensive areas such as Islamic Invest, Islamic Profit Calculation, Branch Automation and Administration, and SWIFT messaging.

 iMAL offers the broadest functional coverage and will be able to meet not just the bank’s commercial exigencies but also its implementation timescales. The system has gone live at the bank on 6th January 2014.

As part of the overall selection process, Sterling Bank engaged leading independent global technology consulting firms to perform market research and evaluate and advise on latest technology. During a rigorous three-month evaluation period, the bank considered several major IT providers with broad expertise in Islamic banking before signing the deal with Path Solutions. iMAL proved to be the solution of choice for a large number of Islamic financial institutions in Africa.

“We are delighted to have been chosen as the preferred Islamic technology partner for Sterling Bank. This contract reinforces our strategic commitment to the African continent and its potential which is key to our global growth strategy, and places us as the undisputed leader in this territory and in this segment”, said Mohammed Kateeb, Path Solutions’ group chairman & CEO.

“We are focused on delivering our clients a truly global Sharia-compliant banking solution and look forward to the challenge of providing Sterling Bank customers with a secure, convenient and advanced banking experience”.

Sterling Bank currently operates as a fully diversified bank. Last December, the bank has got final license from the Central Bank of Nigeria to start the promotion of its new Islamic window. With this latest signing, Sterling Bank would be the second bank in the country to go for Path Solutions’ iMAL enterprise Islamic banking and Investment system.


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FG Makes u-Turn on Bank Account Re-Registration

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Federal government on Friday apologised for asking all account holders in financial institutions in the country to re-register their personal details.

FG makes u-Turn on Bank Account Re-Registration

Recall that the federal government had on Thursday ‎ordered that all persons holding accounts across financial institutions and insurance firms should complete and submit self-certification forms to their respective financial institutions.

The notice issued by the government to that effect read, ‎“This is to notify the general public that all account holders in Financial Institutions (Banks, Insurance Companies, etc.) are required to obtain, complete, and submit Self – Certification Forms to their respective Financial Institutions.

“Persons holding accounts in different financial institutions are required to complete and submit the form to each one of the institutions. The forms are required by the relevant financial institutions to carry out due diligence procedures, in line with the Income Tax Regulations 2019.‎”

The directive raised eyebrows, as account holders already possessed Bank Verification Numbers.

Following widespread condemnation that trailed the directive, the Federal Government backtracked on Friday, saying the fresh guidelin‎e was not for all Nigerians.

The government attributed the development to misinformation.

The clarification issued by the government on Friday read, ‎“We apologise for the misleading tweets (now deleted) that went up yesterday, regarding the completion of self-certification forms by Reportable Persons. The message contained in the notice does not apply to everybody. ‎FIRS will clarify Nigerians on the objectives of the directive.”

Also on Friday, FIRS, in a statement posted on Twitter, explained that the guidelines were only for non-residents, as well as people paying tax in more than one country.

Parts of the FIRS statement read, “The Self Certification Form is basically to be administered on Reportable Persons, holding accounts in Financial institutions, that are regarded as “Reportable Financial Institutions” under the CRS.

“Reportable persons are often non-residents and other persons, who have residence for tax purposes in more than one jurisdiction or country.”

“The information that indicates an account holder is a resident for tax purposes in more than one jurisdiction, is expected to be available to Financial Institutions during account opening processes, for the KYC and AML purpose.”


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Stanbic IBTC Bank Disowns Lagos ATM Fraudster

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Stanbic IBTC Bank PLC has disowned Tope Olajide, 22-year-old fraudster arraigned for theft of customers deposits.

Stanbic IBTC Bank Disowns Lagos ATM Fraudster

The Bank said this in a statement on Wednesday.

The statement said: “The attention of the management of Stanbic IBTC Bank PLC has been drawn to news currently circulating in the media, about the alleged arraignment of staff of the Bank on charges bordering on the theft of customers deposits.

“The Bank would like to clarify that the defendant, a 22-year-old Tope Olajide, IS NOT, and was at no point in time an employee of Stanbic IBTC Bank PLC.

“The alleged culprit was apprehended around 7:30 am, on Thursday, 27 August 2020, by security operatives after he was exposed by CCTV footage using ATM cards he had allegedly stolen and converted, to make withdrawals from the accounts tied to the stolen ATMs.

“The CCTV footage also showed the alleged culprit pretending to assist customers at ATMs whilst also attempting to fraudulently dispossess the customers of their ATMs.

“He was subsequently arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrate Court on Monday, 14 September, for stealing the debit cards of two customers and using them to unlawfully withdraw the sum of N427,000.

“The Bank would also like to implore members of the public to be security conscious when conducting transactions at ATMs. Customers are advised to report any suspicious actions around them to security operatives who are usually stationed around the Bank’s ATMs, when carrying out transactions at any of our ATM locations.

“As an organisation, we hold dear the values of integrity, and we will continue to prioritise the safety of our customers effectively.”


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Buhari Okays Establishment of CBN-Led Infraco

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President Muhammadu  Buhari has approved the establishment of an   Infrastructure Company (Infraco) to be driven by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in partnership with the African Finance Corporation (AFC) and the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA).

Buhari Okays Establishment of CBN-Led Infraco

Mr. Godwin Emefiele, CBN governor

This is coming  on the heels of the foreign reserves’ slump to $36 billion following a cocktail of monetary policy interventions by the apex bank to cushion the scathing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy.

Mr Godwin Emefiele, CBN governor, made these disclosures in Abuja at the annual conference of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) with the theme: Facilitating a Sustainable Future: The role of Banking and Finance.

According to him, Infraco would enable the use of private and public capital to support infrastructure investment that will have a multiplier effect on growth across critical sectors.

“This entity would also be able to raise funds from the capital markets and mobilise long term finance to address some of our infrastructure needs, while providing reasonable returns to investors. “We believe this well-structured fund can act as a catalyst for growth in the medium and the long run. The support of the banking community will be important in achieving this objective.

“A well-built infrastructure system, comprising hard infrastructure such as roads and ports, and soft infrastructure such as broadband penetration, can have a multiplier effect on growth by enabling the expansion of business activities in the country”, he explained.

On foreign reserves, Emefiele attributed its crash to the decline in foreign exchange earnings and subsequent adjustments in the value of the naira to the dollar.


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