Jaiz Bank condoles with The Guardian over Okwe’s demise
•Plans special hajj scheme
The Board, Management and Staff of Jaiz Bank, yesterday, commiserated with The Guardian over the death of Mr. Matthias Okwe who until his demise was Deputy Business Editor at the Abuja Bureau of the newspaper.
Delivering the letter of condolence personally signed by Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Hassan Usman, the Head, Corporate Communications of the bank, Halima Ishaq, regretted that at the time Okwe died, the bank was planning a strategic partnership with the newspaper.
In the letter, which was addressed to the Editor, The Guardian, the MD/CEO said it was with heavy heart that the bank writes “to commiserate with you and the entire staff of The Guardian on the passing on of your Deputy Business Editor, Matthias Okwe.”
He noted that as a detribalised media professional, the late Deputy Business Editor “will be remembered for his vocal voice towards the progress and development of the media profession. On behalf of the Board, Management and Staff of Jaiz Bank Plc, please accept our condolence to you and the entire family.”
On the issue of strategic media partnership with The Guardian, Ishaq, who was accompanied by Media Relations Manager, Idris Ahmed, expressed hope that business activities slowed down by the COVID-19 pandemic have started looking up, stressing that the Hajj Service Scheme being packaged by the bank would go into full stream next year.
She said: “On an average, it used to be N1.5 million depending on the prevailing market exchange rate for the dollar. It means that the normal way of going is for you to make a deposit at the State Pilgrims Board, which should be a minimum of 50 per cent of that amount.
“But we said to ourselves that people want to go for the Hajj and when they hear that you have to come with a deposit of up to N750,000 it becomes discouraging for low income earners. So, how do we encourage such people?
“We came up with the scheme that even if you are a wheelbarrow pusher, as long as you have a stream of income, you can log on to this platform.”
She said beneficiaries could save as little as N500, adding: “For us, Islamically-speaking, the intention itself matters a lot. The motivation is key. If you have the intent, it means that in Islam, should anything even happen to you, you have the benefit of a person who has gone for Hajj.”