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Emir Endorses The Alternative Bank in Kano

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 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.

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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.

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


Black Market Dollar To Naira Exchange Rate Today 27th February 2024




Black Market Dollar To Naira Exchange Rate Today 27th February 2024 can be accessed below.

What is the Dollar to Naira Exchange rate at the black market also known as the parallel market (Aboki fx)?

See the black market Dollar to Naira exchange rate for 27th February, below. You can swap your dollar for Naira at these rates.

How much is a dollar to naira today in the black market?

Dollar to naira exchange rate today black market (Aboki dollar rate):

The exchange rate for a dollar to naira at Lagos Parallel Market (Black Market) players buy a dollar for N1690 and sell at N1700 on Tuesday 27th February 2024, according to sources at Bureau De Change (BDC).

Please note that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) does not recognize the parallel market (black market), as it has directed individuals who want to engage in Forex to approach their respective banks.

Dollar to Naira Black Market Rate Today

Dollar to Naira (USD to NGN) Black Market Exchange Rate Today
Buying Rate N1690
Selling Rate N1700

Dollar to Naira CBN Rate Today

Dollar to Naira (USD to NGN) CBN Rate Today
Buying Rate 1488
Selling Rate 1489

Please note that the rates you buy or sell forex may be different from what is captured in this article because prices vary.

Nigeria’s GDP Jumped By 3.46% – NBS

Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) expanded by 3.46 per cent in the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2023.

This was revealed by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) in its latest report stating that the growth rate was slightly lower than the 3.52 per cent growth seen in the same quarter last year but higher than the 2.54 per cent growth recorded in the second quarter (Q2) of 2023.

The NBS revealed these findings in its Q4 GDP report released on Thursday, attributing the growth primarily to the services sector, which experienced a 3.98 per cent increase.

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The Alternative Bank Fosters Rural Economic Growth in Katsina




The Katsina State Government via the State Governor, His Excellency, Dikko Radda, has aligned with The Alternative Bank’s mission to support rural economies through innovative financial solutions, tailored to empower local businesses and stimulate sustainable development across the state.

This official endorsement marks a significant milestone for The Alternative Bank as it embarks on a new chapter in Katsina with the launch of its first branch in the state.

During the visit, the Katsina State Governor, Dikko Radda, emphasised the importance of combating poverty, particularly in rural areas, urging the bank to collaborate with the state government in its efforts to address this challenge.

Represented by his Special Adviser on Banking, Malik Anas, the Governor expressed confidence in the success of The Alternative Bank in the region.

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From L- R: Special Adviser to the Governor of State on Economy and Industry, Alhaji Malik Anas; Representative of the Emir of Emir of Katsina State, Alhaji Iro Maikano and Hajiya Fatima Dikko Umar Radda, wife of Katsina State Governor during the opening of a branch of The Alternative Bank Limited in Katsina recently.

In his words, “One of our aims as a government is to enhance the growth of our people, especially those in rural areas. We seek the cooperation of The Alternative Bank in this area. We are ready to give the necessary support to the bank to forge ahead and contribute to the economic development of Nigeria.”

Dr. Abdulmumin Usman, the Emir of Katsina, also expressed confidence in the bank’s endeavours, setting the stage for a harmonious relationship between the financial institution and its proud Katsina community.

Hajiya Fatimah Radda, the governor’s wife, echoed the state government’s support for the bank and stressed the importance of including the less privileged, such as widows and orphans, in the bank’s corporate social responsibility initiatives. She remarked, “It was found out that a large number of people living in the local governments of Katsina are largely unbanked, presenting a massive untapped opportunity for the bank.”

Alhaji Garba Mohammed, the Executive Director of The Alternative Bank, reiterated the institution’s commitment to financial empowerment for all customers, regardless of their status. He echoed the bank’s focus on providing efficient and technology-driven services to facilitate customer and national growth.

Mohammed remarked, “The Alternative Bank is a bank with a difference. Apart from being a non-interest bank, we promise our customers prompt, loyal, efficient, and technologically driven services. We also promise to promote financial empowerment among our customers, irrespective of their status.

“When our customers grow, our bank will also grow. This will also lead to the growth and development of our dear country, Nigeria.”

Furthermore, the bank’s Regional Business Executive, Mallam Wada Nas, assured the Katsina business community and denizens that The Alternative Bank is committed to meeting their banking needs with honesty, professionalism, and competence.

He affirmed, “We will serve truthfully and prioritise your banking needs. You can be assured of our professional competence.”

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Naira Vs USD: CBN To Ban Street Trading, Mulls Fresh Guidelines For BDCs

“A Tier 1 BDC is authorized to operate on a national basis, can open branches, and may appoint franchisees, subject to the approval of the CBN.




Amid the continued fluctuation of the Naira against the US dollar in the foreign exchange market, the Central Bank of Nigeria says it is considering stopping street trading, among other fresh guidelines, to Bureau De Change Operators in Nigeria.

The apex bank disclosed this Friday in its draft Revised Regulatory and Supervisory Guidelines for Bureau De Change Operations in Nigeria.

CBN plans to fix the minimum per capital share for Tier 1 and 2 BDC licenses to N2 billion and N500,000 million, respectively. This is a move away from the previously N35 million per capital share for general license.

“A Tier 1 BDC is authorized to operate on a national basis, can open branches, and may appoint franchisees, subject to the approval of the CBN.

A Tier 1 BDC (which is the franchisor) shall exercise supervisory oversight over its franchisees. All franchisees shall adopt their franchisor’s name, branding, technology platform, and rendition requirements.

A Tier 2 BDC is authorized to operate only in one state or the FCT. It may have up to three locations – a head office and two branches, subject to approval of the CBN. It is not permitted to appoint franchisees.”

The development comes amid a clampdown on illegal BDCs in Abuja, Lagos, Kano and Ibadan Oyo States by the operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to stabilize the Naira against USD.

At the close of work on Friday, the Naira depreciated N1,665.50 per US dollar from N1571.31 on Thursday at the FMDQ market. Meanwhile, in the parallel market.

The Naira traded for N1,750 to N1,800 per USD on Friday compared to N1,680.00 on Thursday.

CBN had unveiled several FX interventions in the past months but the country’s foreign exchange crisis has, however, persisted.

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