Rivers Micofinance Bank Begins Work, 2015

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The Managing Director
/ CEO of Rivers State Microfinance Agency, Mr Innocent Iyalla Harry has said that the state microfinance bank would be fully operational before the first quarter of 2015.
The MD who said this in a telephone chat with The Tide, noted that the agency is working out all the modalities for a smooth running of the bank when it becomes operational.
According to the RIMA boss, the microfinance bank is at the state of recruiting top management staff that would drive the vision of the institution.
The microfinance bank, when operational, would provide financial services to small-scale entrepreneurs, to enable them create jobs, build assets and improve the living standards of the people.
The bank would also have branches in the 23 Local Government Areas of the state with the headquarters at the RIMA and the state Government secretariat, both in Port Harcourt.
It would be recalled that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) had approved the floating of a microfinance bank by the state on September 1st, 2014.
This would also enable the state to access the N2 billion due her from the N220 billion SME fund given by CBN.
Since the liquidation of  Pan African bank in the 1980s, Rivers State has not had any other Bank.