JAIZ Bank appoints Ex-Zenith Bank's GM as acting MD

Mahe Abubakar from Left

Jaiz Bank Plc, Nigeria’s sole Islamic bank has announced the appointment of Mahe Abubakar as the acting Managing Director/CEO of Jaiz Bank Plc.

Until his appointment, Abubakar was an Executive Director in charge of Business Development.

A statement from the Head, Corporate Communications Department of the Bank, Idris Salihu said Abubakar is taking over from Muhammad Nurul Islam, whose two-year contract ends on the 17th of November, 2015.

Salihu said the Board expressed gratitude to Islam for his innumerable contributions towards the growth and success of Jaiz Bank Plc in the last two years.

Nurul Islam joined Jaiz Bank in November 2013 and turned it around from a negative balance-sheet to a positive result in 2014. “He came in on a Technical Agreement Jaiz Bank has with the Islamic Bank of Bangladesh to train and put the staff of Jaiz Bank through Islamic Banking because of their long experience in the subsector” the statement said.

Jaiz Bank is now operating in 21 locations from the 10 locations he met. Under Islam’s leadership, Jaiz also obtained Approval-in-Principle for a license from the Central Bank of Nigeria to operate nationwide.

The statement added that Islam “led a dedicated team of Jaiz Bank staff to obtain ISO-27001 and PCIDSS certification to render all sorts of e-banking on a robust platform.”

Mahe Abubakar joined Jaiz in 2014 as Executive Director in charge of Business Development.

Mahe is considered “an astute banker with over 20 years cognate experience. Before he joined Jaiz, he was a General Manager/ Group Zonal Head of Zenith Bank Plc in charge of the Northwest region.”

His wealth of experience is expected to impact greatly on Jaiz Bank’s business development drive.

Mahe has a Master Degree in Business Administration from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and he is a qualified Dealing Clerk of the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

He has attended several trainings in and outside Nigeria including High Potential Leader: Accelerating Your Performance at Wharton School, Pennsylvania, USA; High Performance People Skills, London Business School; and Senior Management Programme, Lagos Business School.