Niger State Government and Jaiz Bank, the first Islamic Bank in Nigeria have entered into a collaboration that will see to the development of the Minna City Centre.
Minna is the capital of Niger State and Jaiz Bank had earlier announced it will spend about N3.5 billion for the construction of a shopping complex, modern underground car park, modern filling station, warehouses, and corner shops among others at the Minna City Centre, a plan the state government said will help in opening the socio-economic activities of the area.
To this end, the Secretary to the Niger State Government (SSG), Ahmed Ibrahim Matane has said that the development of the moribund Minna City Center would improve the socio-economic growth of the State.
Matane disclosed this when he received a cheque of N400 million meant for the purchase of three hectres of the land of Minna City Centre representing 1/3 of the land presented to him in his Office by Alhaji Mohammed Sirajo, Executive Director, Jaiz Bank.
A statement issued by the Information Officer at the SSG’s Office, Lawal Tanko, said Matane explained that the Minna City Centre which is situated in the heart of Minna, remained an eyesore, hence the need for Government to improve the economic situation and wellbeing of the people of the State by putting the place into viable economic use.
In his remarks, Executive Director of Jaiz Bank Alhaji Mohammed Sirajo, told the SSG that the partnership between Niger State Government and the Bank has come to stay.
He assured Matane that the project will be completed within six months.